Laurence vs Tom - What's the difference?

laurence | tom |

As a proper noun laurence

is .

As a noun tom is

splash (onomatopoeia).



Alternative forms

* Lawrence (usual US spelling)

Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • * ~1591 William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet , Act II, Scene IV
  • Romeo : Bid her devise / Some means to come to shrift this afternoon; / And there she shall at Friar Laurence' cell / Be shriv'd and married.
  • * 1835 , Lodore , Wallis&Newell 1835, page 30:
  • "I will do any thing, however impossible, if you will only not call me Mr Hervey. Why am I not Laurence''''' to you - Miss Vivian calls me '''Laurence''' - I am '''Laurence''' to every one but you - let me hear you call me ' Laurence ," in an earnest manner.
  • See also

    * Laura and its variants


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    Etymology 1

    From generic use of the proper name Tom .


    (en noun)
  • The male of the domesticated cat.
  • The male of the turkey.
  • The male of certain other animals.
  • (British, slang) A prostitute.
  • (music) A type of drum.
  • (obsolete) The jack of trumps in the card game gleek.
  • Synonyms
    * (male cat) tomcat, he-cat * (male turkey) turkey-cock * (male of other animals) male * (prostitute) See also
    Derived terms
    * tomboy * tomcat * tomfool * tom-tit

    Etymology 2

    Shortened from tomato


    (en noun)
  • A tomato (the fruit).
  • Toms 90p a pound

    Etymology 3

    Rhyming slang from tomfoolery.


  • (Cockney rhyming slang) jewellery
  • Etymology 4

    From Uncle Tom.


  • (intransitive, derogatory, of a black person) To act in an obsequiously servile manner toward white authority.
  • Etymology 5


  • (nautical) To dig out a hole below the hatch cover of a bulker and fill it with cargo or weights to aid stability.
  • Anagrams

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