I was almost sorry I had said it, for mums' face clouded over a little.
Small daughter (tearfully): "Oh, mums, I do so want to give this worm to my hen."
But all was no use, and when we came up to the drawing-room again there was mums in her crimson teagown, looking so anxious.
mums doesn't like it, of course, but she's had to give in, and they'll be married in a year.
So mums asked Mrs. Parsley to tell me where I could go without any fear of losing my way, or coming back too late.
I wonder, mums, if you would write something on a piece of paper for me.
Only fancy, mums and Daddy wanted the Count to have him killed!
Luckily for the success of her lie, Miss Marks was not returning with mums.
I hate being away from mums, and then I've a feeling she may be wanting me always.
"They were all so lovely I dared not choose," mums was expatiating.
"be silent," 1560s, from Middle English mum, mom (late 14c.), inarticulate closed-mouth sound, indicative of unwillingness or inability to speak. As an adjective meaning "secret" from 1520s. Phrase mum's the word is first recorded 1704.
abbreviation of chrysanthemum, first attested 1915 in the jargon of gardeners.