- Mum means not talking.
An example of mum is a person sitting quietly in the corner; a mum person.
- Mum is defined as a way to request that someone stop talking.
An example of mum is what a librarian would tell someone talking on their cell phone in a library: "Mum. No talking please."
- The definition of a mum is a strong beer, a shorter way of referencing the flower chrysanthemum or a British term for mother.
- An example of a mum is a beer originally brewed in Brunswick, Germany.
- An example of a mum is a flower brewed for tea in Asia.
- An example of a mum is how a British teenager would refer to his mom.
- Mum is defined as to act as a mime or wear a mask to a festival.
- An example of mum is to act without talking such as the performances which made Marcel Marceau famous.
- An example of mum is wearing a disquise over your face for a costume party.
Origin of mumGerman mumme: said to be named after Christian Mumme, 15th-c. German brewer
Origin of mumMiddle English momme, echoic of sound made with the lips closed
mum's the word
Origin of mumMiddle English, perhaps imitative of closing one's lips.
intransitive verbmummed mummed, mum·ming, mums
- To act or play in a pantomime.
- To go merrymaking in a mask or disguise especially during a festival.
Origin of mumMiddle English mummen, from Old French momer, to wear a mask.
Origin of mumShort for mummy2.
Origin of mumGerman Mumme.
- (New England, UK, informal) Mother.
- (dated) A term of respect for an older woman.
Mum is only capitalized when used as a proper noun:
- I don't think Mum will like you.
- I don't think my mum will like you.
- In New England, the word may still be spelt "mom", but it will have the pronunciation of "mum."
Abbreviation of chrysanthemum.
(third-person singular simple present mums, present participle mumming, simple past and past participle mummed)
- (obsolete) silence
German Mummere, named after Christian Mumme, who first brewed it in 1492.