Main definitions of nom in English

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noun

informal
  • A nomination for an honour, award, etc.

    ‘she isn't the the only star to receive an Oscar nom for her first feature film role’
    • ‘Not only did Judi Dench score a nom for best actress, but the film earned screenplay, score and a best-pic slots as well.’
    • ‘He earned another nom for executive producing (with Tina Sinatra) the 1992 CBS miniseries Sinatra.’
    • ‘I'm shocked that Hooper isn't included in the Best Director noms for his magnificent work on Les Miserables.’
    • ‘The Muppets get deep in this one - poverty, hunger, the class system - a movie with a platform is a movie with an award nom.’
    • ‘Watch the replay to hear why American Horror Story got shut out of both the SAG and Golden Globe noms.’
    • ‘We can't believe the cast didn't get an ensemble nom, too.’
    • ‘But in the end it garnered no major nominations - nothing for the Coen brothers for director, no best picture, just two smaller noms in cinematography and sound mixing.’
    • ‘So if you keep up on the comings and goings in TV, probably not much shocked you about the Emmy noms.’
    • ‘This is the Academy fave's ninth nom (and possible fourth win).’
    • ‘His only previous Oscar nom came in the best actor category 28 years ago for Witness.’

verb

[with object]informal
  • Nominate for an honour, award, etc.

    ‘Inception was nommed for an Oscar but lost out to The King's Speech’
    • ‘Freeman is also nommed for lead actor in a movie/miniseries for "Fargo."’
    • ‘It won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and was Oscar nommed for the best foreign film.’
    • ‘His singing and acting - much in the same way four thesps from "Chicago" were nommed - could give Jackman a spot on the lead actor short list.’
    • ‘She's telling her who they should nom and wants it to be 2 real targets on both sides so they don't have to worry about the votes.’
    • ‘Clooney is nommed as a producer of "Argo," meaning he matches Warren Beatty's record of noms in the picture, directing, writing and acting categories.’
    • ‘If you missed it earlier, here are the nomination spoilers, but it really doesn't matter if you're nom'd or not.’
    • ‘He's a good guy, makes smart comments, gets nommed all the time.’
    • ‘The various incarnations of the program would go on to be Emmy nommed seven times.’
    • ‘John and Liz made a two-week safety deal where they won't target/nom the other.’
    • ‘If the reason for nomming Chloe was that she didn't contribute much, surely Marc and Helen should have noticed that Simon contributes even less?’

Origin

1990s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

nom

/nɒm/

Main definitions of nom in English

: nom1nom2

nom2

(also nom nom nom, nom nom)

exclamation

informal
  • Used to express pleasure at eating, or at the prospect of eating.

    ‘chili and cornbread for dinner, nom nom!’
    ‘I love pizza. Nom nom nom’
    ‘Try the mac and cheese! Nom!’
    ‘tempura shrimp, lettuce, cucumber, spicy mayo—om nom nom’
    • ‘Another excuse..I mean REASON for me to eat more bacon (nom nom nom),’
    • ‘My sister had the risotto - nom nom nom nom.’
    • ‘A lot of food to choose from, and desserts hmm nom nom.’
    • ‘Nom Nom Nom! We stopped in the meatball joint for a late dinner the other night and had a great time.’
    • ‘Here, have a chocolate - om nom nom.’
    • ‘Nom nom nom nom best tacos ever!’
    • ‘Off to lunch...nom nom!’
    • ‘Meanwhile, I shall find solace in this tasty pie om nom nom.’
    • ‘I love Granny Smith apples, their texture holds up well when baking and they add the tartness I love - Nom nom nom!’
    • ‘The girl who ends up with him is going to be very lucky and very fat because his desserts are so sinfully yummy that you can't stop eating - nom nom nom.’

plural noun

informal
  • Food.

    ‘there were all kinds of nom noms—onion rings, hot dogs, burgers, and fries’
    ‘a Mexican restaurant that serves noms like sweet potato empanadas’
    • ‘Flaxseed offers an easy way to supercharge your meals with healthy nom.’
    • ‘And there are few things in life as satisfying as sitting in the park enjoying nom noms from a French bakery.’
    • ‘Amazingly good flavors and it is probably attributed to the fact that their ingredients are locally sourced, as well as the love the owners and staff put into making their nom noms.’
    • ‘Delicious nom noms were shared, picnic-style, in the green and grassy interior of Grosvenor Square.’
    • ‘It sounds like you're going to have a fine selection of nom noms in your fridge.’
    • ‘Then when tea time came around, so did the food: trays and trays of nom noms came up.’
    • ‘He staged moody still lifes composed of nom noms that pop stars enjoy snacking on backstage.’
    • ‘What better to do than to have a beer and some nom noms.’
    • ‘You'll be doing High Fives all day long after experiencing the awesome service, great atmosphere and tasty nom noms.’
    • ‘It gets a bit crowded as the night carries on, but great for drinks and nom nom after work.’

verb

[with object]informal
  • Eat (something), typically with great enjoyment.

    ‘I nommed all my pizza before I remembered to take a picture’
    ‘the first sighting of a leatherback turtle in Dorset—it's nomming a jellyfish, as they do’
    ‘I just nom-nommed the kettle chips you brought me’
    no object ‘we nommed on stir-fry and then ordered several desserts’
    • ‘If you plan on nomming a few other items, stick to the half plate.’
    • ‘Despite not having seen each other for months, we ate, slurped, drank and nom-nommed in near silence.’
    • ‘Our food was brought out (so fresh) and we started nomming.’
    • ‘My cousin brought over a box of goodies - I was overwhelmed by how INCREDIBLE the sweets were and I couldn't stop nomming.’
    • ‘After all, there are still giant brats and ham doughnuts to be nommed.’
    • ‘They were huge portions and we nommed it all up.’
    • ‘We nom-nommed on a vegan giant salad spring roll and a california roll.’
    • ‘Portions are OK for 1 person but you might want to also order an appetizer to nom-nom on in addition to a main entree.’
    • ‘She posted two photos of herself engaging in non-pregnant lady behavior: drinking wine and nomming on tuna.’
    • ‘There was so much cheese and we received extra bread crisps for free after we nommed the six lonely pieces that accompanied the first go around.’

Origin

Early 21st century: probably imitative but apparently also popularized by the noises made by the Cookie Monster character in the children's television programmeSesame Street. Compare with yum yum.

Pronunciation

nom

/nɒm/