Main definitions of nom in English

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noun

informal
  • A nomination for an honor, 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.’
    • ‘So if you keep up on the comings and goings in TV, probably not much shocked you about the Emmy noms.’
    • ‘I'm shocked that Hooper isn't included in the Best Director noms for his magnificent work on Les Miserables.’
    • ‘This is the Academy fave's ninth nom (and possible fourth win).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We can't believe the cast didn't get an ensemble nom, too.’
    • ‘Watch the replay to hear why American Horror Story got shut out of both the SAG and Golden Globe noms.’
    • ‘He earned another nom for executive producing (with Tina Sinatra) the 1992 CBS miniseries Sinatra.’
    • ‘The Muppets get deep in this one - poverty, hunger, the class system - a movie with a platform is a movie with an award nom.’
    • ‘His only previous Oscar nom came in the best actor category 28 years ago for Witness.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Nominate for an honor, award, etc.

    ‘Inception was nommed for an Oscar but lost out to The King's Speech’
    • ‘The various incarnations of the program would go on to be Emmy nommed seven times.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and was Oscar nommed for the best foreign film.’
    • ‘John and Liz made a two-week safety deal where they won't target/nom the other.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Freeman is also nommed for lead actor in a movie/miniseries for "Fargo."’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

1990s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

nom

/nɑm//näm/

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’
    • ‘I love Granny Smith apples, their texture holds up well when baking and they add the tartness I love - Nom 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.’
    • ‘A lot of food to choose from, and desserts hmm nom nom.’
    • ‘Off to lunch...nom nom!’
    • ‘My sister had the risotto - nom 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.’
    • ‘Nom nom nom nom best tacos ever!’
    • ‘Meanwhile, I shall find solace in this tasty pie om nom nom.’
    • ‘Another excuse..I mean REASON for me to eat more bacon (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’
    • ‘It gets a bit crowded as the night carries on, but great for drinks and nom nom after work.’
    • ‘You'll be doing High Fives all day long after experiencing the awesome service, great atmosphere and tasty nom noms.’
    • ‘And there are few things in life as satisfying as sitting in the park enjoying nom noms from a French bakery.’
    • ‘Flaxseed offers an easy way to supercharge your meals with healthy nom.’
    • ‘What better to do than to have a beer and some nom noms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then when tea time came around, so did the food: trays and trays of nom noms came up.’
    • ‘Delicious nom noms were shared, picnic-style, in the green and grassy interior of Grosvenor Square.’
    • ‘He staged moody still lifes composed of nom noms that pop stars enjoy snacking on backstage.’
    • ‘It sounds like you're going to have a fine selection of nom noms in your fridge.’

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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She posted two photos of herself engaging in non-pregnant lady behavior: drinking wine and nomming on tuna.’
    • ‘Our food was brought out (so fresh) and we started nomming.’
    • ‘Despite not having seen each other for months, we ate, slurped, drank and nom-nommed in near silence.’
    • ‘If you plan on nomming a few other items, stick to the half plate.’
    • ‘My cousin brought over a box of goodies - I was overwhelmed by how INCREDIBLE the sweets were and I couldn't stop nomming.’
    • ‘They were huge portions and we nommed it all up.’
    • ‘After all, there are still giant brats and ham doughnuts to be nommed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We nom-nommed on a vegan giant salad spring roll and a california roll.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

nom

/näm//nɑm/