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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 ?
I was under the impression that pommy bashing was exclusive to Australia so was surprised that it appears to have spread to Teesside with Kenny Surtees bowling a salvo of bouncers at England's under fire cricket team, which is currently enduring a torrid time in the land down under, (The Gazette 26.12.17).
FIGHTING STYLE: The nononsense Aussie chef would chop Pommy Gregg down to size in a spicy scrap
Before they left, their whole street threw a party for them, including the neighbour christened the Pommy Hater, who by now had become Graham's best mate.
Prosecutor Mark Dewsbury said violence broke out at Pommy's Bar, in Freer Street, Walsall, when 21-year-old Jack Pilbeam ran at another group of men.
IT'S the cricketing equivalent of England v Germany in football: England v Australia, or England v those Aussie b***ds, or Australia v those Pommy b***ds (depending on who's talking).
CHESHIRE body armour producer Shieldtech has appointed Pommy Sarwal as nonexecutive director.
But other than his excellent facial hair he does know a thing or too about the great drink, having collaborated, rather ironically, with pommy cricketing greats Ian Botham and Bob Willis to produce the BMW and an interesting portfolio from his Mount Hurtle winery.
On first sight he would typify the Australian image of the 'pommy' officer.
Since it's pretty hard for people in prison to change the system, they usually have to go inward to see change," said Janine Pommy Vega, author and teacher of poetry in New York prisons.
But it may be much close than many expect, especially if the Pommy slips cordon takes its chances."
British tommies, pommy toffs, upper class and lower, all are convincingly created by this excellent reader.