Main definitions of nom in English

: nom1nom2

nom1

noun

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

    • ‘she isn't the only star to receive an Oscar nom for her first feature film role’

Pronunciation

nom

/näm/ /nɑm/

transitive verbtransitive verb noms, transitive verb nomming, transitive verb nommed

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

    • ‘Inception was nommed for an Oscar but lost out to The King's Speech’

Pronunciation

nom

/näm/ /nɑm/

Origin

1990s abbreviation.

Main definitions of nom in English

: nom1nom2

nom2

exclamation

(also nom nom)
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’
    • ‘Here, have a chocolate - om nom nom.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, I shall find solace in this tasty pie om 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.’
    • ‘Off to lunch...nom nom!’
    • ‘I love Granny Smith apples, their texture holds up well when baking and they add the tartness I love - Nom nom nom!’
    • ‘Another excuse..I mean REASON for me to eat more bacon (nom nom nom),’
    • ‘Nom nom nom nom best tacos ever!’
    • ‘My sister had the risotto - nom nom nom nom.’
    • ‘Nom Nom Nom! We stopped in the meatball joint for a late dinner the other night and had a great time.’
    • ‘A lot of food to choose from, and desserts hmm nom nom.’

Pronunciation

nom

/näm/ /nɑm/

plural noun

(also noms)
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 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.’
    • ‘You'll be doing High Fives all day long after experiencing the awesome service, great atmosphere and tasty nom noms.’
    • ‘Delicious nom noms were shared, picnic-style, in the green and grassy interior of Grosvenor Square.’
    • ‘What better to do than to have a beer and some nom noms.’
    • ‘And there are few things in life as satisfying as sitting in the park enjoying nom noms from a French bakery.’
    • ‘He staged moody still lifes composed of nom noms that pop stars enjoy snacking on backstage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Flaxseed offers an easy way to supercharge your meals with healthy nom.’
    • ‘It gets a bit crowded as the night carries on, but great for drinks and nom nom after work.’

Pronunciation

nom

/näm/ /nɑm/

transitive verbtransitive verb noms, transitive verb nomming, transitive verb nommed

(also nom-nom)
[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’
    • ‘we nommed on stir-fry and then ordered several desserts’
    • ‘Our food was brought out (so fresh) and we started nomming.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We nom-nommed on a vegan giant salad spring roll and a california roll.’
    • ‘Despite not having seen each other for months, we ate, slurped, drank and nom-nommed in near silence.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

nom

/näm/ /nɑm/

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.