- a sexually attractive, usually mature woman.
- one's wife.
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What does mama mean?
Mama is an informal word for mother.
Mama can also be spelled momma and mamma. Mama is informal, and it’s often used by young children, much like the word mommy. Adults also sometimes use mama to refer to their mothers, especially when they have a close relationship.
The word can be used as a title for one’s mother, as in You should call Mama, and as a way to address her, as in Hi, Mama—happy Mother’s Day! In these two uses, the word is usually capitalized since it’s used like a proper name.
Mama can also be used as an informal way to refer to one’s mother, as in You should call your mama.
Call your mama whatever you want—just remember to call her.
Where does mama come from?
The first records of the word mama come from the 1500s, but it was certainly used in speech much earlier than that. The word for mother in many languages around the world begins with the m sound, which is one of the first sounds babies learn how to make. In mama, the syllable ma is reduplicated, which is a fancy way of saying it’s said twice. This is very common in the speech of young children—the same thing happens in the word dada, the baby word for “daddy.”
Using the word mama often implies a closeness between a person and their mother, as well as a sense of respect. A mother may even use it to refer to herself, as in You have all made me such a proud mama. To which you would say: I love you, Mama!
Sometimes, the word mama is used as a slang term to refer to an attractive woman, especially an older one (perhaps one who is a mother, though not always), as in I was one hot mama in my day, let me tell you.
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How is mama used in real life?
Mama is always used informally, and it’s often affectionate.
A photo of me w/ my family during my high school graduation. This was my proudest in my life at that point. I remember my mama crying as we arrived at the ceremony because she put us through school herself and I would be the first one attending college in America… pic.twitter.com/UFgdXNum6j
— RUBY IBARRA (@rubyibarra) May 22, 2020
One thing I will always be sure of, is that I am a GREAT mama. Definitely not perfect, but I definitely rock at being a mother.
— m e l a n i (@mamamellll) April 9, 2020
Drink water, mind your business, and listen to your mama more.
— Honeyᵕ̈ (@thehannyazzahra) April 10, 2017
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Mama should be capitalized when it’s used to address someone directly, as in Thank you, Mama.
How to use mama in a sentence
The silly traditional example is the mama giraffe stretching her neck to reach food high in trees, resulting in baby giraffes with extra-long necks.The Epigenetic Secrets Behind Dopamine, Drug Addiction and Depression|R. Douglas Fields|October 27, 2020|Quanta Magazine
While I was backing up, the mama kept swiping at me and doing her little paw thing.
Before I could react, it was too late, and the mama cougar saw me.
Burgess, who had pulled out his phone, began walking backwards while filming the mama cougar leading him away from her babies, pouncing at him each time he started to crouch or turn away.
Before I back out of our driveway, my mama insists on saying a protective blessing over me.Out There, Nobody Can Hear You Scream|Latria Graham|September 21, 2020|Outside Online
Mama, I understand your many sleepless nights / When you sit and think about father / Or how you tried to be the perfect wife.Beyonce’s New “7/11” and “Ring Off” Will Give You Reason to Live (And Dance)|Kevin Fallon|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It should go without saying that the current reports surrounding Mama June are far more serious than any of those things.The Shocking Rise and Fall of ‘Honey Boo Boo’|Kevin Fallon|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If only Tupac was alive to see one of our finest actresses shakin’ what her mama gave her to “Hit ‘Em Up.”Oscar Season Kicks Off in Toronto: Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart, and More Court Awards Glory|Marlow Stern|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For the audience, it was just a young girl calling for her mama, but for Walter, it was perfect.Bryan Cranston on Walter White’s Future, Directing ‘Better Call Saul,’ and Hillary 2016|Marlow Stern|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And if both women are more amoral and avaricious than Ma Joad and Mama Younger, well, so are we.Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?|Katie Baker|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At times self will arise and cause you to feel that you know some things even better than Mama.
Then she told about the surprise party and about all that had happened, and concluded by asking, "Mama, is it right to dance?"
During the minority of the new ruler of Mahratta the dignity and power of regent were conferred upon the Mama Sahib.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Mrs. Maxa was suddenly interrupted in her thoughts by loud and repeated calls of "Mama, Mama!"Maezli|Johanna Spyri
He keeps about however, but his fond Mama discovers great anxiety.