pom

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See also: POM, Pom, pòm, ром, and Ром

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɒm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒm

Etymology 1[edit]

Australian from 1912.[1][2] Shortening of pomegranate, rhyming slang for immigrant (“imme-granate”), with additional reference to the fact that the harsh Australian sun could turn British immigrants' skin pomegranate red.

Noun[edit]

pom (plural poms)

  1. (Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, derogatory) An Englishman, a Briton; a person of British descent.
    • 1987, Linda Christmas, The Ribbon and the Ragged Square: An Australian Journey, page 27,
      I could see more than mere humour in car stickers that read ‘Grow your own Dope: Plant a Pom’ ... ‘Keep Australia Beautiful: Shoot a Pom’.
    • 1989, Tony Wheeler, Australia: A Travel Survival Kit, Lonely Planet, page 10,
      The prize for being Australia′s original pom goes to the enterprising pirate William Dampier, who made the first investigations ashore about 40 years after Tasman and nearly 100 years before Cook.
    • 2008, Lawrence Booth, Cricket, Lovely Cricket?, page 214,
      At one stage a group called British People Against Racial Discrimination complained to the Advertising Standards Board in Australia about an advert for Tooheys beer that claimed it was ‘cold enough to scare a Pom’.
    Synonyms: Brit, limey
Usage notes[edit]

The use of this word to refer to a British person is a racial slur. There has been lots of debate on the subject, but it is taken as a term of offence by those at whom it is directed.

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References[edit]
  1. ^ 1998, Roger Robinson, Nelson Wattie, The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature, page 445.
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22378819

Etymology 2[edit]

Shortening of pomegranate.

Noun[edit]

pom (plural poms)

  1. (cocktail) An American alcoholic drink containing vodka and pomegranate juice.

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Aromanian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pōmus. Compare Daco-Romanian pom.

Noun[edit]

pom m (plural ponj)

  1. fruit tree
  2. fruit

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Interlingue[edit]

Noun[edit]

pom

  1. apple

Ladino[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun[edit]

pom ? (Latin spelling)

  1. apple
    Synonym: mansana

Mauritian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French pomme

Noun[edit]

pom

  1. apple

References[edit]

  • Baker, Philip & Hookoomsing, Vinesh Y. 1987. Dictionnaire de créole mauricien. Morisyen – English – Français

Rade[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French pompe.

Verb[edit]

pom

  1. to pump

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pōmus, from Proto-Italic *poomos, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂po-h₁ém-os (taken off), from *h₂epo (off) + *h₁em- (take). See pomum.

Noun[edit]

pom m (plural pomi)

  1. fruit tree

Declension[edit]

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White Hmong[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Hmong-Mien *bu̯ət (to see). Cognate with Iu Mien buatc.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

pom

  1. to see
  2. to tattle

References[edit]

  • Sue Murphy Mote, Hmong and American: Stories of Transition to a Strange Land →ISBN, 2004)