or mom·ser, mom·zer
- bastard; illegitimate child.
- Slang. rascal.
- a child born of a marriage forbidden in Judaism.
Origin of mamzer
1555–65; < Yiddish < Hebrew mamzēr
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Examples from the Web for mamzer
By contrast, Anglophones have been using words like schmuck, putz, mamzer, and gonif for only a century or so.Mazel Tov, Arvind! But Are You Sure It’s Not Kneydl?
May 31, 2013
He is wise enough, the Mamzer, and so is his father Belial, to whom he will go home some day.Hereward, The Last of the English
- a Yiddish slang word for bastard
- Judaism a child of an incestuous or adulterous union
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Word Origin and History for mamzer
"bastard," 1560s, from Late Latin mamzer, from Hebrew mamzer, left untranslated in Deut. xxiii:2 in the Vulgate.
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