Definition of Pommy in English:


(also Pommie)


Australian, NZ
derogatory, informal
  • British.

    ‘a Pommy accent’
    • ‘There are plenty of wicked twists and fine moments which will satisfy fans of Aunty's Friday night Pommy copper shows.’
    • ‘One that does have a reasonable price for a Lady Drink is the Coral Reef, run by Pommy Phil.’
    • ‘A Pommy Navy deserter joined the AIF for a free ride home, but ended up in Turkey in 1915.’
    • ‘Was it in pukka Pommy books like Biggles?’
    • ‘How many Pommy visa overstayers are now backpacking their way around Oz presently?’
    • ‘By 1912 the term pomegranate, or Pommy Grant (especially relevant to the ruddy-faced English migrants) had taken its place alongside Jimmy Grant as insults for newcomers or new chums.’
    • ‘I knew, I just knew that only a little way beneath my Pommy veneer, an Aussie was waiting to emerge.’
    • ‘The Seven series Forensic Investigators is much better, locally made and far more gripping than the pretensions of a couple of would be Pommy Poirots.’
    • ‘After all, it's what Pommy tourists go to look at when they're here and it looks great in the sunshine.’
    • ‘Our ever-genial Antipodean hosts have seized upon this as another sign of Pommy sporting weakness.’
    • ‘They say in Australia you can tell when another jumbo full of Pommy migrants has arrived.’
    • ‘Jokey references to "lads" (which in my opinion is a Pommy expression and not fit for robust Australian consumption) just reinforce the message that Crikey is blokeland.’
    • ‘That's about 300,000 baht if you are not used to the Pommy pounds.’
    • ‘I'm only surprised he didn't raise his usual point about weak post-war Pommy sides.’
    • ‘I finally managed to get a Real Pommy Person (RPP) to speak to.’
    • ‘I wish he'd gone back to Britian with the rest of his Pommy mates.’


Australian, NZ
derogatory, informal
  • A British person.

    • ‘The Pommies play a different brand of football.’
    • ‘Not that we're whingeing, we leave that to our Pommy immigrants.’
    • ‘You might see some Pommies running around in sandshoes rather than studded boots.’
    • ‘I wish he's have gone back to Britain with the rest of his Pommy mates.’
    • ‘The decidedly un-exotic name of the obscure English county, delivered in a camp Pommy lisp, has a legendary effect.’


  • (as) dry as a pommy's towel

    • 1humorous Extremely thirsty.

      ‘let's get a cold drink, I'm as dry as a Pommy's towel’
      • ‘He might feel like going out for a drink, because he's as dry as a Pommy's towel.’
      • ‘Anyhoo, being that I was as dry as a pommy's towel, I didn't put up a great deal of resistance at ebing dragged into the pub.’
      • ‘Entering a London pub, Barry exclaimed that he was 'as dry as a Pommy's towel'.’
      • ‘"I'm dry as a pommy's towel. A tinny would start the day nicely, thank you."’
      • ‘Thanks for the beer, mate. I was as dry as a pommie's towel.’
      1. 1.1Extremely dry.
        ‘this is high plains territory, almost all of it is dry as a Pommy's towel’
        ‘my plonk is as dry as a Pommy's towel’
        • ‘"Driest state in the driest continent, this is," says Dave. "Dry as a Pommy's towel."’
        • ‘It was stinking hot and as dry as a pommie's towel.’
        • ‘He gasped; he was stranded in a desert as dry as a pommie's towel.’
        • ‘The sun was high before he reached Adelaide River and his tongue was as dry as a Pommie's towel.’
        • ‘I won’t break a sweat about it. I’ll be as dry as a pommy’s towel!’
  • (as) full as a pommy complaint box

    • humorous Extremely or completely full.

      ‘any decent hotel was as full as a Pommy complaint box’
      • ‘When he's as full as a Pommy complaint-box, he'll come home and spend the night flat out like a lizard drinking.’
      • ‘When he'd finished eating, Dave pronounced himself 'full as a Pommy's complaint box'.’
      • ‘It's certain we will wind up as full as a pommy complaint box.’
      • ‘What do ya expect, geezer? He's as full as a Pommy's complaint box!’
      • ‘The bin was as full as a Pommy complaint-box yesterday, so hopefully some lazy person has emptied it out since.’


Early 20th century: apparently a shortening of pomegranate, rhyming slang for ‘immigrant’.