- a sexually attractive, usually mature woman.
- one's wife.
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Origin of mama
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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.
Example sentences from the Web for mama
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."Cougar Guy" Tells the Story Behind His Viral Video|Luke Whelan|October 16, 2020|Outside Online
In the spring of 2019, right before I leave for my writing residency in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, my mama tries to give me a gun.
Before I back out of our driveway, my mama insists on saying a protective blessing over me.
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
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.
The point of the ritual is to announce to the ancestors (through “Mama,”) our intentions, and earn their consent to continue.
The difference between papa and mama is, that mama loves morals and papa loves cats.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
Laforgue was, for four or five years, "reader" to the ex-Kaiser's mama; he escaped and died of la misre.Instigations|Ezra Pound
Jessie's mama promised her that she should go to see the wild beasts.The Pleasures of the Country|Harriet Myrtle
The little girl looked puzzled for a minute or two and then said: “Do you mean dad, mama?”
My brothers use' to slip under there and steal them and mama'd whip 'em.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves.|Work Projects Administration