[ moo-moo ]
/ ˈmuˌmu /


a long, loose-hanging dress, usually brightly colored or patterned, worn especially by Hawaiian women.
a similar dress worn as a housedress.

Origin of muumuu

First recorded in 1920–25, muumuu is from the Hawaiian word 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. 2019

Word Origin and History for muumuu



also muu-muu, 1923, from Hawaiian mu'u mu'u, literally "cut off," name given to the local adaptation of the dresses given to Island women by early 19c. Christian missionaries "in the early days when a few flowers sufficed for a garment" [Don Blanding, "Hula Moons," 1930]. So called because the native style hangs from the shoulder and omits the high neck and the train.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper