mummy definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French momie ; from Midieval Latin mumia ; from Arabic mūmiyāʾ, embalmed body, mummy ; from Persian mum, wax
mummy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. mum·mies
- 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: Middle English mummie, medicinal material from embalmed corpses, from Old French momie, from Medieval Latin mumia, from Arabic mūmīya, from mūm, wax, from Persian.
noun pl. mum·mies Informal
Origin: Alteration of mommy or mum3.