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tom·my

also Tom·my (tŏm′ē)
n. pl. tom·mies also Tom·mies Chiefly British
A British soldier.

[Short for Tommy Atkins, from Thomas Atkins, a name often used on sample forms.]

tommy

(ˈtɒmɪ)
n, pl -mies
(often capital) informal Brit a private in the British Army. Also called: Tommy Atkins
[C19: originally Thomas Atkins, a name representing a typical private in specimen forms; compare tom1]

tom•my

(ˈtɒm i)

n., pl. -mies. Brit.
(sometimes cap.) a British soldier.
[1880–85; short for Tommy Atkins]
Translations

Tommy

[ˈtɒmɪ]
A. N
1. (familiar form) of Thomas
2. (Brit) (Mil) (also tommy) → soldado m raso inglés
B. CPD Tommy gun Npistola f ametralladora, ametralladora f, metralleta f

Tommy

n dim of Thomas (Brit Mil sl) → Tommy m (sl)

tommy

:
Tommy gun
tommyrot
n (dated inf)dummes Zeug, Mumpitz m (dated)
References in classic literature ?
Occasionally a drop splashed over; but still Tommy Brock snored regularly and never moved,--except one eye.
Sanders is going, she is,' replied Tommy; 'I'm going too, I am.'
"Somehow Tommy's grub always tastes of grease, stale grease, and I reckon he ain't changed his shirt since he left
He told his sister, if she pleased, the new-born infant should be bred up together with little Tommy; to which she consented, though with some little reluctance: for she had truly a great complacence for her brother; and hence she had always behaved towards the foundling with rather more kindness than ladies of rigid virtue can sometimes bring themselves to show to these children, who, however innocent, may be truly called the living monuments of incontinence.
Tommy's mother writes me that Tommy is not coming on in arithmetic as fast as she would like.
'That is the intention, governor,' replied the other, 'and unless I'm much mistaken, Tommy Codlin is a calculating at this minute what we've lost through your coming upon us.
Marse Tommy ain't a bit puttier--not a single bit."
Tommy Jones had trained him well, tying him up daily for several hours and telling off one or two black boys at a time to tease him.
Tommy Chitling hasn't won a point; and I went partners with him against the Artfull and dumb.'
"Tommy, my lad, take care you're not shot for a little thieving bird," said Adam, as he walked on towards the currant-trees.
[With a little toss of the head.] Of course I shan't bring Tommy Trafford.
Tommy Finnegan was a little Irishman, with big staring eyes and a wild aspect, a "hoister" by trade, and badly cracked.