[ muhm-uh-fahy ]
See synonyms for: mummifymummified on

verb (used with object),mum·mi·fied, mum·mi·fy·ing.
  1. to make (a dead body) into a mummy, as by embalming and drying.

  2. to make (something) resemble a mummy; dry or shrivel up:The dead lizard was mummified by the hot desert air.

  1. to preserve (an idea, institution, custom, etc.) that may have outlived its usefulness or relevance: Those mummified customs have no place in society today.

verb (used without object),mum·mi·fied, mum·mi·fy·ing.
  1. to dry or shrivel up.

Origin of mummify

First recorded in 1620–30; mummy1 + -fy

Other words from mummify

  • mum·mi·fi·ca·tion, noun
  • half-mum·mi·fied, adjective
  • un·mum·mi·fied, adjective
  • un·mum·mi·fy·ing, adjective

Words Nearby mummify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mummify in a sentence

  • They mummify the victim, as it were, and tuck him away for the morrow.

    Nothing But the Truth | Frederic S. Isham
  • They mummify before decay sets in and turn into a leathery brown, similar to the mummies of Egypt.

    One Irish Summer | William Eleroy Curtis

British Dictionary definitions for mummify


/ (ˈmʌmɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to preserve the body of (a human or animal) as a mummy

  2. (intr) to dry up; shrivel

  1. (tr) to preserve (an outdated idea, institution, etc) while making lifeless

Derived forms of mummify

  • mummification, noun

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