1. a lesbian.
|Adulteress inPassions between Women (1993) 5: Women with Women act the Manly part. And kiss and press each other to the heart. / Unnat’ral Crimes like these my Satire vex; I know a thousand Tommies ’mongst the Sex.|
|A Sapphic Epistle in(2006) 400: Miss Sappho [...] was the first Tommy the world has upon record.|
|Vere Street Coterie 11: Many of these wretches are married; and frequently, when they are together, make their wives, who they call Tommies, topics of ridicule.|
2. a male homosexual.
|(ref. to early 19C) Lingo 114: The gay culture, long a clandestine network, by necessity developed a sophisticated little lingo for communication. [...] By the early 19th century the term tommy was being used.|
3. (US) a prostitute, or promiscuous young woman.
|Lantern (N.O.) 21 May 3: Dey had tings all dere own way wid de Tommies.|
|Autobiog. of a Thief 126: In the afternoon I’d take in some variety show; or buy the ‘Tommy’ a present.|
|DN IV:i 28: tommy, n. A girl. Also called [...] chippy.‘Word-List From The Northwest’ in|
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 84: tommy [...] A prostitute.|
|‘Jim Tampa Blues’ [lyrics] Hey, Jim Tampa, you treat your woman so mean / You treat your tommies like a woman you ain’t never seen.|
|Bessie Cotter 49: She’s on the square, anyway. That’s more’n you can say for some o’ these tommies.|
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 348: Get yourself a hot young tommy you can keep moving with.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 131: Now you might think me fickle, but it isn’t a dream, / when it comes to peachy looks this Tommy was a queen.|
(US Und.) a rapist; one who physically abuses women.
|AS X 22: Tommy-buster. A man who makes short shrift with women; one who takes them by storm.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|