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[mom-iz-uh m]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. excessive adulation of the mother and undue dependence on maternal care or protection, resulting in absence or loss of maturity and independence.
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Origin of momism

mom + -ism; coined by U.S. author Philip Wylie (1902–71) in A Generation of Vipers (1942)
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British Dictionary definitions for momism


  1. US informal the excessive domination of a child by his or her mother
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