Origin of mau-mau; from Mau Mau
transitive verbmau·maued, mau·mau·ing, mau·maus Informal
Origin of mau-mauAfter the Mau Mau, a secret society of Kikuyu insurgents that led a rebellion against the ruling Europeans in Kenya in the 1950s, perhaps from Kikuyu mau-mau, sound of the voracious gobbling of a hyena.
(third-person singular simple present mau-maus, present participle mau-mauing, simple past and past participle mau-maued)
From Mau Mau, the name of a group of anti-British insurgents in Kenya, who were noted in Europe for their (alleged) extreme violence and brutality.