Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Mother.
  • n. Slang A woman.
  • n. Slang A wife.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • 'familiar intercourse'

    August 20, 2011

  • Hey - I just heard this recently pronunced word pronounced!
    No I didn't. :-(
    *mama!*

    August 20, 2011

  • Means "father" in Georgian.

    July 13, 2009