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A Scottish cap with a snug headband and a loose crown, sometimes having a pompom, tassel, or feather in the center.

[After the hero of "Tam o' Shanter," a poem by Robert Burns .]


(Clothing & Fashion) a Scottish brimless wool cap with a bobble in the centre, usually worn pulled down at one side. Also called: tam or tammy
[C19: named after the hero of Burns' poem Tam o' Shanter (1790)]


(ˈtæm əˌʃæn tər)

a round, flat cap of Scottish origin, usu. of wool, with a pompom at its center.
[1880–85; after the hero of Tam O'Shanter (1791), poem by Robert Burns]
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Noun1.tam-o'-shanter - a woolen cap of Scottish origintam-o'-shanter - a woolen cap of Scottish origin  
cap - a tight-fitting headdress
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And she must tell me how Nelson had died, and I did want to know; so I went with her across the width of life from dawning boy's love for a brown-haired girl in a tam-o'-shanter back to the old sad savagery I had known.
The dress I wore was just that of a sailor come ashore from some coaster, a thick blue woollen shirt or rather a sort of jumper with a knitted cap like a tam-o'-shanter worn very much on one side and with a red tuft of wool in the centre.
As soon as I heard the heavy door close on him finally, I made a bolt for my shrimping-net and tam-o'-shanter and was just going to slip out, when I saw that my brother had left behind him one coin that lay gleaming on the long bench by the window.
Greeks were everywhere--swarthy men in sea-boots and tam-o'-shanters, hatless women in bright colors, hordes of sturdy children, and all speaking in outlandish voices, crying shrilly and vivaciously with the volubility of the Mediterranean.
I was as suspicious as many of my fellow battle-scarred Geordies at such nonsense about Ashley and, sure enough, anyone thinking that Mystical Mike was heading north in kilt and tam-o'-shanter with bagpies under his arm had their hopes cruelly dashed.
He added: "We got so used to wearing the tam-o'-shanter it had become a part of us.
Banwell stole the chillies, called Scotch bonnets because of their resemblance to a tam-o'-shanter, from Singh Stores in Bristol, the city's magistrates heard.
They seem oblivious at first, until one young fellow theatrically removes his jacket and tam-o'-shanter for the camera.
He was billed as "Mac, the lad in the Tam-O'-Shanter.
I looked back at the picture in the Centennial Book and began pointing to the players, carefully posed with hands on hips, oblique to the camera, all wearing the old skullcap hats, except Fred Timm, second from the left, sporting a tam-o'-shanter.