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[mah-muh; for 1 also muh-mah] /ˈmɑ mə; for 1 also məˈmɑ/
Informal. mother1 .
  1. a sexually attractive, usually mature woman.
  2. one's wife.
Origin of mama
1545-55; nursery word, with parallels in other European languages, probably in part inherited or borrowed, in part newly formed; compare Latin mamma, Greek mámmē breast, mama (see mamma2), French maman mama, Welsh mam mother (< *mammā) Unabridged
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  • "mama, I heard you in papa's room," Alice said, not dropping the note of complaint.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Don't you think you really ought to know more about him, mama?

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • That's just what mama and I have been feeling so much; they don't appreciate you.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • mama, it was because of those things that came out about Alice Adams.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • It's funny; but we don't often make people think what we want 'em to, mama.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for mama


(old-fashioned) an informal word for mother1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mama

1707, spelling variant of mamma. Meaning "sexually attractive woman" first recorded 1925 in black slang; mama's boy "soft, effeminate male" is from 1901.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mama



  1. A sexually attractive or sexually available woman: ''Say, baby, you sportin' tonight?'' ''Yeah, Mama, if I could find somebody to sport with'' (1925+ Black)
  2. woman who belongs to a motorcycle gang: If a girl wants to be a mama and ''pull a train,'' she'll be welcome at any Angel party (1960s+ Motorcyclists)
  3. The passive partner of a homosexual couple (1970s+ Homosexuals)

Related Terms

red-hot mama, sweet mama

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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