[ mam-ee ]
/ ˈmæm i /
noun, plural mam·mies.
Disparaging and Offensive. (formerly in the southern U.S.) a black woman engaged as a nurse to white children or as a servant to a white family.
- mammoth cave national park,
- mammy chair,
- mammy wagon,
Origin of mammy
At the time of the Civil War and into the 20th century, the Southern mammy was characterized as being strong, kind, and loyal. But her image was also that of an overweight, unattractive, and often illiterate household slave. This reinforced racial stereotypes of inferiority and servility. See also Aunt Jemima.
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/ (ˈmæmɪ) /
noun plural -mies
a child's word for mother 1
mainly Southern US a Black woman employed as a nurse or servant to a White family
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