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[mah-muh, muh-mah] /ˈmɑ mə, məˈmɑ/


[mam-uh] /ˈmæm ə/
noun, plural mammae
[mam-ee] /ˈmæm i/ (Show IPA),
for 1; mamma for 2.
Anatomy, Zoology. a structure, characteristic of mammals, that comprises one or more mammary glands with an associated nipple or teat, usually rudimentary unless developed and activated for the secretion of milk in the female after the birth of young.
Meteorology. (used with a plural verb) hanging, breastlike protuberances on the under surface of a cloud.
Origin of mamma2
before 1050; Middle English < Latin: breast, teat (whence Old English mamme teat). See mamma1


or mamma

[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.
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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noun (mainly US)
Also momma (ˈmɑːmə; məˈmɑː) another word for mother1
(informal) (ˈmɑːmə). a buxom and voluptuous woman
Word Origin
C16: reduplication of childish syllable ma; compare Welsh mam, French maman, Russian mama


noun (pl) -mae (-miː)
the milk-secreting organ of female mammals: the breast in women, the udder in cows, sheep, etc
(functioning as pl) breast-shaped protuberances, esp from the base of cumulonimbus clouds
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: breast


(old-fashioned) an informal word for mother1
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Word Origin and History for mamma

1570s, representing the native form of the reduplication of *ma- that is nearly universal among the Indo-European languages (cf. Greek mamme "mother, grandmother," Latin mamma, Persian mama, Russian and Lithuanian mama "mother," German Muhme "mother's sister," French maman, Welsh mam "mother"). Probably a natural sound in baby-talk, perhaps imitative of sound made while sucking.

Its late appearance in English is curious, but Middle English had mome (mid-13c.) "an aunt; an old woman," also an affectionate term of address for an older woman. In educated usage, the stress is always on the last syllable. In terms of recorded usage of related words in English, mama is from 1707, mum is from 1823, mummy in this sense from 1839, mommy 1844, momma 1852, and mom 1867.


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

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mamma in Medicine

mamma mam·ma (mām'ə)
n. pl. mam·mae (mām'ē)
A mammary gland.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mamma



  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)

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red-hot mama, sweet mama

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