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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.]
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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)]
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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]
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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
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[ˈpɒmɪ] (Australia) (pej)
A. ADJinglés
B. Ninglés/esa m/f
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n (Austral inf) → Engländer(in) m(f), → Tommy m (dated inf); pommy bastardScheißengländer m (inf)
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References in periodicals archive ?
According to the highly placed sources in South Africa and Sri Lanka, the official broadcaster Sony has hired the services of former left handed batsman Kepler Wessels, bowling all rounder Shaun Pollock and Zimbabwe-born right arm fast bowler Pommie Mbangwa (now living in South Africa) as visiting commentators.
Bayliss, however, dismissed the allegations, calling them "beat up" stories and "Pommie bashing".
Natalie, a web producer and journalist for the West Australian newspaper who co-hosts an online show called Two Pommie Sheilas, is going to the match with her dad, her brother, her cousin and two of their partners.
P.j.Vanston Neither supposedly is Taffy, Jock, Paddy, Mick, Pommie, Porra etc.
But then the charming yet sociopathic Pommie, Sparra's former cellmate, tracks him down, and draws Sparra back in to the cruel and violent world he tried to leave behind.
"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.
The food is complemented by a range of artisan spirits, wines and cocktails, such as Crime of Passion, Pommie Punch and Taittinger Champagne.
SUGGESTIONS that the new housing estate in Canley should honour its Aussie roots have been dismissed quicker than a Pommie batsman Down Under.
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.
They had come specifically to watch what appeared to be the best race on the card and its cancellation provoked remarks from them that 'Pommie' trainers wore hats too big even for swollen heads.
Summary: The Prince of Wales has joked how he was called a "pommie b***d" while studying in Australia.