1. a master, a boss, a landlord.
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 70: OMEE, a master or landlord. ‘The omee of the cassey’s a nark on the pitch,’ the master of the house will not let us perform.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict. [as cit. 1859].|
|Newcastle Courant 25 Nov. 6: Who’d have thought the omee of the carsey would have taken it into his noddle to come home.|
|Autobiog. of a Gipsey 409: Square indeed! I’ll square the chatty flymps [...] I’ll precious quick make ’em granny who’s omee here.|
|Aus. Sl. Dict. 54: Omee, the landlord or master.|
2. a man; often (gay) a heterosexual man.
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor III 47/2: ‘Fiela’ is a child; ‘Homa’ is a man. [Ibid.] 139/2: ‘Nanti, his nabs is a keteva homer’ – No, he’s a bad sort.|
|N. Devon Jrnl 8 Feb. 7/2: [from The Echo] From the |Ialian we get [...] donny for woman (donna), and omee for man (uoma).|
|Referee 12 Feb. n.p.: Oh, donnys and omees, what gives me the spur, – / Is, I’m told by a mug (he tells whoppers), / That I ought to have greased to have kept out of stir / The dukes of the narks and the coppers.‘A Plank Bed Ballad ’ in|
|Signor Lippo 42: When I got back the cullies said, ‘Well, cully, how did you get on with the omer?’.|
|Cheapjack 319: Homey (’Omey) – A man.|
|Homosexual Society 104: I guess it’s the same with Homies (heterosexuals) who settle down to marriage when they get older and find the girls are not exactly fainting over them. [Ibid.] 167: Homie, man (male).|
|Round the Horne 30 Apr. [BBC radio] Divine. Sitting, sipping a tiny drinkette, vada-ing the great butch omis and dolly little palones trolling by.‘Bona Bijou Tourettes’|
|Queens’ Vernacular 190: heterosexual [...] homie (ho’-me, Brit gay sl, fr Parlyaree // It uomo = man).|
|Maledicta VI:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 139: Parlyaree in homosexual use […] gives us nanti (no), bona[r] (good), [h]omi[e] (man).|
|Verbatim 24:2 n.p.: An omi is a man, a palone is a woman, and an omipalone is therefore self-explanatory.in|
|(ref. to 1950s–60s) Hello Sailor! 94: The Polari term for a seafarer who engaged in gay sex without identifying as gay, was trade omee.|
|Int’l Jrnl Lexicog. 23:1 59: Cant contributed words to the argot of the male prostitute, including omee (man) and nantee (not/nothing).‘Trolling the Beat to Working the Soob’ in|
|Fabulosa 295/2: omee, omi, omy, omme, omer, homee, homey, homi a man.|
3. as sfx to denote one who pursues a given occupation.
|Man-Eating Typewriter 37: [C]ajoling bodega-omis, flattering sailors and charverings spivs.|
|Man-Eating Typewriter 39: [L]andowners or demolition-omis.|