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 (â€œmother, auntâ€), from Proto-Germanic *mÅmÇ (â€œmother, auntâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *mÃ©hâ‚‚-mÃ©hâ‚‚, reduplication of *mÃ©hâ‚‚- (â€œmotherâ€), related to German Muhme (â€œauntâ€), Latin mamma (â€œmother, nurseâ€), Irish mam (â€œmotherâ€), Lithuanian mama, moma (â€œmotherâ€).