(plural baby mamas)
- (US, slang) Mother of child in common, particularly unmarried.
- She's not his girlfriend now, but she's one of his baby mamas.
Contentious usage – sometimes used neutrally as a casual term, regardless of marriage status, particularly in the tabloid press, or as a term of endearment. Often considered pejorative, particularly if applied to unmarried black parents – if used by one parent of the other, can imply “child in common but no meaningful relationship”, while if used by outsiders, can imply disapproval of children born out of wedlock; see citations. More formal variants include “baby’s mama” and “baby’s mother”; in formal usage “mother of one’s child” is preferred. Similar considerations apply to baby daddy.
- baby daddy
African American Vernacular English (General American would be baby's mama), 1990s, popularized 2000s. Possibly from or influenced by same term in Jamaican English, from Jamaican Creole baby-mother (“pregnant woman”) (1966), alternatively due simply to grammatical similarities between AAVE and Jamaican Creole.