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  1. (Britain, slang, obsolete) bread, generally a penny roll; the supply of food carried by workmen as their daily allowance
  2. (Britain, slang, obsolete) A truck, or barter; the exchange of labour for goods instead of money.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used adjectively or in compounds: tommy master, tommy-store, tommy-shop, etc.


tommy (third-person singular simple present tommies, present participle tommying, simple past and past participle tommied)

  1. (Britain, slang, obsolete, transitive) To pay (employees) according to the truck system, with goods instead of money.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for tommy in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)