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What does momma mean?
Momma is an informal word for mother.
Momma is also commonly spelled mama. Less commonly, it can be spelled mamma.
Momma is informal, and it’s often used by young children, much like the word mommy. Adults also sometimes use momma to refer to their mothers, especially when they have a close relationship.
The word can be used as a title for one’s mother, as in You should call Momma, and as a way to address her, as in Hi, Momma—happy Mother’s Day! In these two uses, the word is usually capitalized since it’s used like a proper name.
Momma can also be used as an informal way to refer to one’s mother, as in You should call your momma.
Call your momma whatever you want—just remember to call her.
Where does momma come from?
The first records of the word momma come from the 1800s, but the very similar mama is recorded in the 1500s and was certainly used in speech much earlier than that. The word for mother in many languages around the world begins with the m sound, which is one of the first sounds babies learn how to make. In mama, the syllable ma is reduplicated, which is a fancy way of saying it’s said twice. This is very common in the speech of young children—the same thing happens in the word dada, the baby word for “daddy.”
Informal, affectionate terms for parents (and their spelling) often vary from region to region. The spelling momma is often associated with the Southern United States, but it isn’t only used in the region. Using the word momma often implies a closeness between a person and their mother, as well as a sense of respect. A mother may even use it to refer to herself, as in Y’all have made me such a proud momma. To which you would say: I love you, Momma!
Sometimes, the word momma is used as a slang term to refer to an attractive woman, especially an older one (perhaps one who is a mother, though not always), as in I was one hot momma in my day, let me tell you.
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How is momma used in real life?
Momma is always used informally, and it’s often affectionate.
my momma will literally move a whole mountain for me i love her to death.
— mo (@CortneyMo_) May 22, 2020
and that’s why you’re such a good momma. cause most parents don’t feel the need to communicate with their children and i feel like that’s essential. 💗
— princess 👸🏼 (@Citaliangirl97) February 26, 2020
— patrick (@PatDStat) February 4, 2020
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Momma should be capitalized when it’s used to address someone directly, as in Thank you, Momma.
Example sentences from the Web for momma
“He simply wanted to get rich for his momma,” the brother reported.
I worked with the incredible Adam Shankman and his assistant at the time Anne “Momma” Fletcher.‘She’s All That' 15th Anniversary: Cast and Crew Reminisce About the Making of the ‘90s Classic|Marlow Stern|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The House of Shock cast member, better known as Momma Jen, hissed.The House of Shock Is Terrifying Its Guests and Causing Controversy—and the Zombies Who Run the Show Are Loving It|Tyler Gillespie|October 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I am a pig killer … momma pigs, daddy pigs, little baby pigs.Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Yenter & More Celebrities’ Week in Hell|Anna Klassen|March 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Come on, Momma, now is the hour for the family to join hands and metaphorically circle the wagons.
The statement reached us all, though it was intended for momma only.
And then, suddenly, there was a loud, snarling splat—and Momma screamed from the doorway.Poppa Needs Shorts|Leigh Richmond
Momma used to say she was about as good to work a farm as a cat to run a fire-engine.The Dust Flower|Basil King
I suppose I ought to despise myself, momma, for caring for him, when he's never really said that he cared for me.The Kentons|William Dean Howells
It was only the ordinary commercial bow of Italy, but I could see that it made a difference to momma.