or mom·ser, mom·zer


Origin of mamzer

1555–65; < Yiddish < Hebrew mamzēr Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for momzer


  1. a Yiddish slang word for bastard
  2. Judaism a child of an incestuous or adulterous union

Word Origin for mamzer

from Hebrew
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Word Origin and History for momzer

"contemptible person, moocher," 1560s, from Hebrew, literally "bastard" (used in Vulgate), but modern usage is a recent borrowing from Yiddish.



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

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