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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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I said to the Pommy Hater, I will tell people the truth about you Aussies when I get back home.
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Janine Pommy Vega was the friend and associate of numerous Beat writers, especially Herbert Huncke.
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What is wanted is not the patronising pommy or the sentimental patriot, for the one cannot think in terms of local conditions and lacks the sympathy which encourages at the same time as it condemns, and the other is so busily engaged in collecting samples of New Zealand culture that discriminating criticism is forgotten.
The paceman was dubbed a 'smug Pommy cheat' by an Australian newspaper as the series got under way, over his decision not to walk during the last Ashes Tests, and was booed loudly by the Brisbane crowd.