[ maw-mit ]
/ ˈmɔ mɪt /
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- a doll, puppet, scarecrow, or other figure built to resemble a human being.
- an empty-headed or mindless person.
Obsolete. an idol; a false god.
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Also mam·met [mam-it] /ˈmæm ɪt/ .
Origin of maumet
First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English, from Old French mahommet “idol,” special use of Mahommet, the Arab prophet Muhammad, whose image was mistakenly thought to be an object of worship
OTHER WORDS FROM maumetmau·met·ry, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for maumet
Its earlier form is maumet, meaning "idol," and it is a contraction of Mahomet.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)|Ernest Weekley
British Dictionary definitions for maumet
/ (ˈmɔːmɪt) /
obsolete a false god; idol
English dialect a figure dressed up, such as a guy or scarecrow
Derived forms of maumetmaumetry, noun
Word Origin for maumet
C13: from Old French mahomet idol, literally: the prophet Mohammed, from the belief that his image was worshipped
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