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or pom·mie  (pŏm′ē)
n. pl. pom·mies Australian & New Zealand Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a British person, especially a recent immigrant.

[Shortening and alteration of pomegranate, Pummy Grant, alterations of Jimmy Grant, probably rhyming alteration of immigrant.]




n, pl -mies
(sometimes capital) slang a mildly offensive word used by Australians and New Zealanders for an English person. Sometimes shortened to: pom
[C20: of uncertain origin. Among a number of explanations are: (1) based on a blend of immigrant and pomegranate (alluding to the red cheeks of English immigrants); (2) from the abbreviation POME, Prisoner of Mother England (referring to convicts)]


or pom•mie

(ˈpɒm i)

also pom,

n., pl. pom•mies also poms.
usage: This term is usually used with disparaging intent, but sometimes it is merely a term of affectionate abuse. The context will usually show the intent, because the word may be used with various adjectives or in set phrases.
(often cap.) Usually Disparaging. (a term used in Australia and New Zealand to refer to a Briton, esp. one who is a recent immigrant.)
[1910–15; orig. obscure]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pommy - a disparaging term for a British person
Australia, Commonwealth of Australia - a nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony
New Zealand - an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery
English person - a native or inhabitant of England


[ˈpɒmɪ] (Australia) (pej)
A. ADJinglés
B. Ninglés/esa m/f


n (Austral inf) → Engländer(in) m(f), → Tommy m (dated inf); pommy bastardScheißengländer m (inf)
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David Campese, an Australia legend and a Pommie basher had great fun taking the mick out of England and Sam Burgess and all that sort of thing," Bracken told BBC Radio Five Live.
I've had a chat to a few Pommie blokes who are over here in Australia at the moment, especially Mike Cooper who I'm pretty good mates with.
Insult was heaped upon injury by a drunken Aussie fan, who demanded: "Get up, you weak Pommie bastard.
The Pommie players have added a lot to our competition in the last few years.
The food is complemented by a range of artisan spirits, wines and cocktails, such as Crime of Passion, Pommie Punch and Taittinger Champagne.
au, the Daily Mail has referred to Warner as a man 'who could probably start a fight in an empty phone box' and said that he has 'relished his role as chief Pommie basher'.
SUGGESTIONS that the new housing estate in Canley should honour its Aussie roots have been dismissed quicker than a Pommie batsman Down Under.
I didn't back down and he was on the edge of being violent with me, but a few other white people were standing watching so he backed off, not before calling me a few favourite Aussie swear names, with the usual Pommie *** added.
Not for them the desire for a closely fought contest, they had their boot on the Pommie throat and it would still be there now if their incredible torrent of world class batsmen and bowlers hadn't slowed to a trickle.
His family has recently immigrated to Australia from England, and his peers sneer at him as a Pommie.
Pom or Pommie, on the other hand, is defined as mildly offensive.
Aussie Godbee might be forgiven for indulging in a bit of bitter Pommie bashing.