mum

2

or mumm

[ muhm ]
/ mʌm /

verb (used without object), mummed, mum·ming.

to say “mum”; call for silence.
to act as a mummer.

Origin of mum

2
1350–1400; Middle English mommen, v. use of mum1; compare Middle Dutch mommen to act the mummer's part
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British Dictionary definitions for mumming (1 of 4)

mum1
/ (mʌm) /

noun

mainly British an informal word for mother 1

Word Origin for mum

C19: a child's word

British Dictionary definitions for mumming (2 of 4)

mum2
/ (mʌm) /

adjective

keeping information to oneself; silent

noun

mum's the word silence or secrecy is to be observed

Word Origin for mum

C14: suggestive of closed lips

British Dictionary definitions for mumming (3 of 4)

mum3

mumm

/ (mʌm) /

verb mums, mumming or mummed

(intr) to act in a mummer's play

Word Origin for mum

C16: verbal use of mum ²

British Dictionary definitions for mumming (4 of 4)

mum4
/ (mʌm) /

noun

British obsolete a type of beer made from cereals, beans, etc

Word Origin for mum

C17: from German Mumme, perhaps from the name of its original brewer
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