Definition of


  1. (noun, person) informal terms for a mother
  2. (noun, body) milk-secreting organ of female mammals

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Synonyms of Mamma

ma, mama, mammary gland, mammy, mom, momma, mommy, mum, mummy

Alternate forms of Mamma

Derivations: mammary

Hyponyms: bag, boob, bosom, breast, dug, knocker, tit, titty, udder

Hypernyms: duct gland, exocrine, exocrine gland, female parent, mother

Origin of the word Mamma

  1. 1579, reduplication of *ma-, nearly universal among the I.E. languages (cf. Gk. mamme "mother, grandmother," L. mamma, Pers. mama, Rus., Lith. mama "mother," Ger. Muhme "mother's sister," Fr. mamen, Welsh mam "mother"). Probably a natural sound in baby-talk, perhaps imitative of sound made while sucking. In educated usage,… more

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