1. (US) the buttocks, the posterior.
|Short Stories (1937) 52: Big Jeff [...] had to blow town or get his old tomato pumped full of bullets.‘Big Jeff’ in|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 702: Tell him to shake his tomato out of bed.Judgement Day in|
2. (US) a fool.
|Fighting Blood 273: This tomato tells me the owner didn’t know he was doin’ business with a combination of box fighters.|
|Cecil Beaton’s N.Y. 25: One which citizens without as many potatoes as this guy seems to have in his pocket, would do well to avoid if she gives them the eye, or I’m a tomato.|
3. (orig. US) an attractive woman.
|Ogden Standard Examiner 12 Apr. 6/5: There was one wally I was goofy about, but while I was necking with him, Harry caught a tomato, so he says, ‘Let’s blouse’.|
|I Can Get It For You Wholesale 145: This tomato I got up here with me, she don’t like automobiles.|
|From Gags to Riches 239: ‘Who’s da tomata?’ ‘Darling,’ I said to Babs, ‘I’d like you to meet B.S. Pully.’.|
|Always Leave ’Em Dying 25: It was a woman, a doll, a sensational tomato who looked as if she’d just turned twenty-one.|
|Stairway to the Sea 55: Hamlet is big buds with this other cat, Horatio, and he’s got a tomato named Ophelia on the string.|
|Return of the Hood 12: I was trying to figure her for a high class hooker or a tomato with a hot item for sale.|
|Female Eunuch 266: Who likes to be called dry-goods, a potato, a tomato or a rutabaga?|
|🎵 Hand me a sexy tomato / Wanna go out, dance along by the two.‘Football Widow’|
|Guardian Rev. 23 July 2: He runs into this tamayto [...] and she makes a pass at him.|
|🌐 I entered a couple of communities and threw back a couple of glasses of eel juice, just to get a make on the place. As I sucked back on a little hooch, I began to notice all the cute tomatoes around me.‘Events’ in Eye on CameraWare III Apr.|
4. (US) an attractive (effeminate) young man.
|Scarlet Pansy 150: Here one heard fruit, banana, meat, fish, tomato, cream, dozens of everyday words used with double meaning.|
5. (US Und.) a pimp.
6. (US Und.) a prostitute.
|Lang. Und. (1981) 117/1: bladder. An unattractive prostitute. Also [...] tomato, each expressing varying degrees of unattractiveness.‘Prostitutes and Criminal Argots’ in|
7. (US Und.) a stolen car.
|Amer. Lang. Supplement II 724: Bender, tomato or puppy. A stolen car.|
8. (US) a woman.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 46: An old tomato by the name of Dream Street Rose comes in.‘Dream Street Rose’ in|
|Detour [film script] Give a lift to a tomato, you expect her to be nice, don’t you?|
|in Sweet Daddy 54: She was sort of a nympho [...] A tomato that really liked to ball.|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 8: I think I will be at least 100 bucks in the red if this cockamamy tomato goes on.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 14: Women, again, often are characterized as edible objects. Cookie, cupcake, lamb chop, sugar, sweetie pie, (hot) tamale, tart, and tomato.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 39: The robust tomato saw it first. ‘Oooh, looky!’ she goes.|
9. (US) a fellow, a ‘guy’.
|N.Y. Amsterdam Star-News 3 May 13: I lamped some real bad tomatoes.|
|Popular Detective Jan. 🌐 ‘Funny lookin’ tomater, ain’t he?’ Kelly played the flash on the deceased’s face.‘State Penmanship’|
10. (US) the vagina.
|Ball Four 232: ‘Hiya, blondie? How’s your old tomato?’.|
|Perv (2001) 287: Bobby, get down here and eat my shaved tomato.|
|Wind & Monkey (2013) [ebook] ‘[I]t turns out she’s got the giant, enormous tomato. A bit of vaginal trauma’.|
11. (N.Z.) a NZ$100 bill.
|Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 190/2: tomato n. 1 a $100 note.|
1. (US) a clever person.
|Criminalese 27: Hot tomato — A real smart fellow [HDAS].|
|inKern Song Book 173: We should be a couple of hot tomatoes, / But you’re as cold as yesterday’s mashed potatoes [HDAS].|
2. (US Und.) a passionate or tough woman.
|DAUL 103/2: Hot tomato. A passionate woman; an unusually brazen or tough woman.et al.|
|Mad mag. Mar. 47: TV Dinners for [...] Private Eye Shows: Hard-Boiled Eggs. Hot Tomatoes. Assorted Capers.|
a woman who is ready for seduction or even marriage.
|Man who Loved Children 29: Young and juicy, a ripe tomato [...] she looks naughty but she’s a good girl really.|
|Hidden 164: Cissy was a ripe tomato if ever he’d seen one, tight and tasty.|
SE in slang uses
see separate entry.
(US) a derog. term for a Puerto Rican or Mexican.
|(con. 1969–70) F.N.G. (1988) 48: One night he called some tomato-picker a spic and the spic laid his head open.|
|Our Town 85: And to hell with this lousy no-good taco-bending tomato-picker!|