Definition of mummy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmʌmi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌmi//
    (pl. mummies) Relations
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  1. 1 (British English) (North American English mommy, momma) (informal) a child’s word for a mother ‘I want my mummy!’ he wailed. It hurts, Mummy! Mummy and Daddy will be back soon. See related entries: Relations
  2. 2a body of a human or an animal that has been mummified an Egyptian mummy
  3. Word Originsense 1 late 18th cent.: perhaps an alteration of earlier mammy.sense 2 late Middle English (denoting a substance taken from embalmed bodies and used in medicines): from French momie, from medieval Latin mumia and Arabic mūmiyā ‘embalmed body’, perhaps from Persian mūm ‘wax’.
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