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mama

or mam·ma

[mah-muh; for 1 also muh-mah]
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noun
  1. Informal. mother1.
  2. Slang.
    1. a sexually attractive, usually mature woman.
    2. one's wife.
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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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  • "Mama, I heard you in papa's room," Alice said, not dropping the note of complaint.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Don't you think you really ought to know more about him, mama?

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • That's just what mama and I have been feeling so much; they don't appreciate you.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Mama, it was because of those things that came out about Alice Adams.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • It's funny; but we don't often make people think what we want 'em to, mama.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington


British Dictionary definitions for mama

mama

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