Mama definition

mämə
(informal) Mother.
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A woman.
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(slang) A woman.
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(hypocoristic, usually childish) Mother, female parent.
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A wife.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mama
Plural:
mamas

Origin of mama

  • Of baby-talk origin mā-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 (“mother, aunt"), from Proto-Germanic *mōmÇ­ (“mother, aunt"), from Proto-Indo-European *méhâ‚‚-méhâ‚‚, reduplication of *méhâ‚‚- (“mother"), related to German Muhme (“aunt"), Latin mamma (“mother, nurse"), Irish mam (“mother"), Lithuanian mama, moma (“mother").

    From Wiktionary