- Informal. mother1.
- 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.
Origin of mammy
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Historical Examples of mammy
Just then Maria put her head in at the door to say, "May Lilly, yo' mammy's callin' you."The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
At last the grown-up sisters absorbed all of Mammy's spare time.
We had long since ceased to think of Mammy Becky—she was never Rebecca—as property.
We had heard it rumored that there were some suitors for Mammy's hand.
I also felt that Mammy's room had a more homelike aspect than my own.
- a child's word for mother 1
- mainly Southern US a Black woman employed as a nurse or servant to a White family