- a dead body preserved by embalming, as by the ancient Egyptians
- any dead body that has been naturally well preserved
- any thin, withered person regarded as looking like a mummy
Origin of mummyFrench momie ; from Medieval Latin mumia ; from Arabic mūmiyāʾ, embalmed body, mummy ; from Persian mum, wax
- The dead body of a human or animal that has been embalmed and prepared for burial, as according to the practices of the ancient Egyptians.
- A withered, shrunken, or well-preserved body that resembles an embalmed body.
Origin of mummyMiddle English mummie, resin obtained from embalmed corpses and used as medicine, from Old French momie, from Medieval Latin mumia, from Arabic mūmiyā’, mūmiyā, a kind of bitumen used to treat wounds and fractures, medicinal resin from mummies.
nounpl. mum·mies Informal
Origin of mummyAlteration of mommy or mum3.
- An embalmed corpse wrapped in linen bandages for burial, especially as practised by the ancient Egyptians.
- Any naturally preserved human or animal body.
- The dried flesh of a mummy.
- (uncountable, medicine, historical) A substance used in medicine, prepared from mummified flesh.
- (archaic) A pulp.
- A brown pigment obtained from bitumen, also called mummy brown.
- A sort of wax used in grafting, etc.
- (figuratively) One whose affections and energies are withered.
(third-person singular simple present mummies, present participle mummying, simple past and past participle mummied)
- (dated) To mummify.
- (chiefly UK, usually childish) A child's term for mother.