- the dead body of a human being or animal preserved by the ancient Egyptian process or some similar method of embalming.
- a dead body dried and preserved by nature.
- a withered or shrunken living being.
- a dry, shriveled fruit, tuber, or other plant organ, resulting from any of several fungous diseases.
- to make into or cause to resemble a mummy; mummify.
Origin of mummy1
Origin of mummy2
Related Wordsdwindle, wilt, wither, shrink, welter, sear, burn, mummify, contract, parch, desiccate, stale, wrinkle, scorch, fossilize, mummy, wizen
Examples from the Web for mummy
Some families have one mummy, some families have one daddy, or two families.How Robin Williams’ Mrs. Doubtfire Won the Culture Wars
August 13, 2014
Kashkari instead agreed with the Los Angeles Times' Matt Pearce that he looks like “the mummy from The Mummy.”Gun-toting Tea Partier Rejected by California
June 4, 2014
In pictures taken after the attack, she was wrapped up like a mummy.Surviving Syria’s Incendiary Bomb Attacks
Paul Adrian Raymond
December 11, 2013
But our plan is to dress our son up as a mummy and take him through the neighborhoods to do his thing.‘Hocus Pocus’ Turns 20: Meet the Voice Behind Binx the Talking Cat
October 31, 2013
The first mummy discovered is said to be the body of Remigio Leroy, a French doctor.The Grisly Mummy Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico
October 10, 2013
Then the body had become a "mummy" because it was filled with "Mumiai" or pitch.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
This was like his phantom, or, if one may say so, without disrespect--his mummy.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Little high voices called for "Mummy," and the children came in.
I beat the boy—not Peter's boy, our boy—he was rude to Mummy.
Mummy was afraid when people were cross; she liked me to be with her.
- an embalmed or preserved body, esp as prepared for burial in ancient Egypt
- obsolete the substance of such a body used medicinally
- a mass of pulp
- a dark brown pigment
- mainly British a child's word for mother 1
Word Origin and History for mummy
c.1400, "medicine prepared from mummy tissue," from Medieval Latin mumia, from Arabic mumiyah "embalmed body," from Persian mumiya "asphalt," from mum "wax." Sense of "embalmed body" first recorded in English 1610s. Mummy wheat (1842) was said to be cultivated from grains found in mummy-cases.
1784, childish alteration of mammy. Alternative form mumsy attested by 1876.