Definition of oom in English:



South African
  • 1A man, especially an older one.

    • ‘I almost get lost when I get of the highway, but luckily I run into a friendly oom and tannie and they point me in the right direction (Note to self… do not trust a map downloaded from the Internet).’
    • ‘I phoned about 6 different electricians in the yellow pages, all 24 hr hotlines… but no answer… until finally some oom and tannie kuiring in god knows where answered.’
    1. 1.1Used as a respectful and affectionate form of address to an older man.
      ‘good morning, oom’


Afrikaans, literally uncle, from Dutch.