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[mom-iz-uh m]
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noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. excessive adulation of the mother and undue dependence on maternal care or protection, resulting in absence or loss of maturity and independence.

Origin of momism

mom + -ism; coined by U.S. author Philip Wylie (1902–71) in A Generation of Vipers (1942)
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British Dictionary definitions for momism


  1. US informal the excessive domination of a child by his or her mother
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