\ ˈtäm How to pronounce tom (audio) \

Definition of tom

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

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Andrew moves to the toms, then back to the snare, then back., "Arrigo Sacchi: The Game That Made the AC Milan Legend One of the Greatest Managers of All Time," 15 Aug. 2019 Mam tom definitely brings funk to the fresh greens but doesn’t overpower them. Soleil Ho,, "Off the shelf: The powerfully funky umami of Vietnamese fish paste," 20 June 2019 The menu includes tom kha, fish cakes, satay, Panang curry and pineapple fried rice. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "Westchester’s Most Valuable Playa debuts with Sichuan hot chicken sandwiches and bao-inspired burgers," 30 July 2019 Holding it down from behind an austere kit, tom and snare were her main weapons of choice, her kick used primarily for thump and bump. Kevin Williams,, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: What we loved and what we could do without on day 3," 21 July 2019 Raise a spoonful of tom kha kai, a traditional Laotian coconut chicken soup, to your lips, and a tantalizing perfume of lemongrass, lime, and galangal wafts upward. Ewen Bell, National Geographic, "Discover why Laos is the world’s next great foodie destination," 10 July 2019 For longtime regular Jeremy Jones, the spicy basil and tom kha gai — a hot and sour soup with chicken and herbs in a light coconut milk broth — have been his go-to favorites for years. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "New Thai Chili 2 Go locations in Phoenix to continue offering affordable, casual dining fare," 13 June 2019 Russian dishes are still a long way from gaining an international following like Vietnamese pho or Thailand’s tom yum soup. Washington Post, "Pass the lilac jam, please. Russian foodies explore tastes from the pre-Soviet past.," 26 June 2019 Mirage: Cravings Buffet What's on the menu: Eleven international cooking stations featuring champagne pancakes with chocolate creme; carving stations with ham, prime rib and turkey; chicken and waffles; pad Thai; tom yum soup; crab legs. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Best Las Vegas buffets: 22 all-you-can-eat restaurants on the Strip," 7 June 2019

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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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: a male turkey

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