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or mom·ser, mom·zer

  1. bastard; illegitimate child.
  2. Slang. rascal.
  3. a child born of a marriage forbidden in Judaism.
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Origin of mamzer

1555–65; < Yiddish < Hebrew mamzēr
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  1. a Yiddish slang word for bastard
  2. Judaism a child of an incestuous or adulterous union
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Word Origin

from Hebrew
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Word Origin and History for mamzer


"bastard," 1560s, from Late Latin mamzer, from Hebrew mamzer, left untranslated in Deut. xxiii:2 in the Vulgate.

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