oom

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From South African Dutch oom.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

oom (plural ooms)

  1. (South Africa) An older man, especially an uncle. (Frequently as a respectful form of address.) [from 19th c.]
    • 1979, André Brink, A Dry White Season, Vintage 1998, p. 73:
      He raised his glass. ‘Here's to you, Oom Ben,’ he said. ‘Give them hell.’

Afrikaans[edit]

Noun[edit]

oom (plural ooms, diminutive oompie)

  1. uncle

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

oom m (plural ooms, diminutive oompje n)

  1. uncle

Wolof[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

oom

  1. knee