mama[mä′mə, mə mä′]
or mam·ma also mom·ma
- Informal Mother.
- Slang a. A woman.b. A wife.
Origin of mamaOf baby-talk origin; see mā-2 in Indo-European roots.
From a reduplication of ma; a trend present in many Indo-European languages, probably with ultimate origin in baby talk; or perhaps representing, in altered form, a continuation of Middle English mome (“mother, aunt”), from Proto-Germanic *mōmǭ (“mother, aunt”), from Proto-Indo-European *méh₂-méh₂, reduplication of *méh₂- (“mother”), related to German Muhme (“aunt”), Latin mamma (“mother, nurse”), Irish mam (“mother”), Lithuanian mama, moma (“mother”).