from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal Mother.
- n. Slang A woman.
- n. Slang A wife.
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- n. Mother, female parent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See mamma.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Mother: a word used chiefly in address and familiar intercourse, especially by and with infants, children, and young people.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a name under which Ninkhursag was worshipped
- n. informal terms for a mother
Of baby-talk origin; see mā-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 *mōmōn (“mother, aunt”), from Proto-Indo-European *méh₂-méh₂, reduplication of *méh₂- (“mother”), related to German Muhme ("aunt"), Latin mamma ("mother, nurse"), Irish mam ("mother"), Lithuanian mama, moma ("mother"). (Wiktionary)