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Definition of tom

1 : the male of various animals: such as
a : tomcat
b : a male turkey
2 Tom, disparaging : uncle tom

Examples of tom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two tom turkeys strutted in their wake, tail fans spread wide. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: My turkey hunt required a new approach this year, so I found an alternative in the city," 9 May 2020 It was designed to move efficiently while tracking a coyote or a wary tom, and the reduced length and pistol grip are equally well suited to defending your castle. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "9 New and Used Shotguns for Hunting and Home Defense," 24 Apr. 2020 Slice it up to add to your favorite tom yum recipe; smash and smear it onto pork chops. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "The Global Kitchen Garden: 25 Plants You Need to Grow (and Cook) Now," 12 Apr. 2020 The rabble-rousing of the youth movement can silence older toms, who quietly watch and listen as their younger counterparts make fools of themselves. Matt Wyatt,, "Spring turkey outlook: Prime conditions mean thriving jakes," 12 Mar. 2020 Soleil Ho, restaurant critic at the San Francisco Chronicle, moonlights in our pages to give us an umami-rich look at mam tom, the Vietnamese shrimp paste. Bill Addison,, "How a roaming restaurant critic landed in Los Angeles," 29 June 2019 Unfurled, the crepe is the size of a floor-tom drum-head, and its texture nanotechnology-slender-exquisite. Matt Wake |, al, "This locally-made savory crepe’s more than a fancy wrap," 5 Feb. 2020 Hunters should expect to encounter lots of jakes and some old toms in strongholds. Brian Lovett, Outdoor Life, "The 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting State-by-State Forecast," 3 Feb. 2020 One side of the call shows a tom gobbling in a pasture with a barn, while the other depicts the three gobblers in the NWTF logo. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "The 16 Most Awesome Turkey And Duck Calls You’ve Ever Seen," 19 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of tom

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tom

Tom, nickname for Thomas

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“Tom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tom

: a male turkey

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