or mu·mu, mu'u·mu'u

[ moo-moo ]
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  1. a long, loose-hanging dress, usually brightly colored or patterned, worn especially by Hawaiian women.

  2. a similar dress worn as a housedress.

Origin of muumuu

First recorded in 1920–25; from Hawaiian muʾumuʾu name of the dress, literally, “cut-off”; so called because it originally lacked a yoke Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use muumuu in a sentence

  • After a stop of a few days they ascended the river, and found some native villages, called in the language of the country mumu.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2) | Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt

British Dictionary definitions for muu-muu


/ (ˈmuːˌmuː) /

  1. a loose brightly-coloured dress worn by women in Hawaii

Origin of muu-muu

from Hawaiian

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