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

  • n. Mother.
  • n. Offensive A Black nursemaid, especially one formerly in the southern United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. mamma; mother
  • n. In the southern United States, a black nanny employed to look after white children.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A child's name for mamma, mother.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Mother; mama: a childish word.
  • n. Hence In the southern United States, especially during the existence of slavery, a colored female nurse; a colored woman having the care of white children, who often continue to call her mammy after they are grown up.
  • n. Same as stone-lugger, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an offensive term for a Black nursemaid in the southern U.S.
  • n. informal terms for a mother


From dialectal mam, variant of mama.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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