mama

or mam·ma

[ mah-muh; for 1 also muh-mah ]
/ ˈmɑ mə; for 1 also məˈmɑ /

noun

Informal. mother1.
Slang.
  1. a sexually attractive, usually mature woman.
  2. one's wife.

Nearby words

  1. malvoisie,
  2. malwa,
  3. malware,
  4. malé,
  5. mam,
  6. mama's boy,
  7. mamaguy,
  8. mamaku,
  9. mamallapuram,
  10. mamaroneck

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)

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British Dictionary definitions for mama

mama

/ (məˈmɑː) /

noun

old-fashioned an informal word for mother 1
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Word Origin and History for mama

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.

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