mama

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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 *mōmǭ (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).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama (plural mamas)

  1. (hypocoristic, usually childish) Mother, female parent.

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Aymara[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mother
  2. Mrs., mistress (general respectful address for married women).
    tatanak mamanaka
    ladies and gentlemen

Chinook Jargon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English or French mama.

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mother

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  • (with regards to gender): papa

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f (plural mama's, diminutive mamaatje n)

  1. mama, mother
    Mama, ik heb honger!
    Mommy, I’m hungry!

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Ewe[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. grandmother

Galician[edit]

Verb[edit]

mama

  1. third-person singular present indicative of mamar
  2. second-person singular imperative of mamar

Hungarian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɒmɒ/
  • Hyphenation: ma‧ma

Noun[edit]

mama (plural mamák)

  1. mom

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Ido[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama (plural mamai)

  1. mama, mom, mommy, mum

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Krisa[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

mama

  1. you

Lithuanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f (plural mamos)

  1. mother

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Lower Sorbian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f (diminutive maminka)

  1. mother, mom

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Martuthunira[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. paternal uncle, one’s father’s brother

References[edit]

  • Dench, Alan Charles. 1995. Martuthunira: A Language of the Pilbara Region of Western Australia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. Series C-125.

Nigerian Pidgin[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mother

Panyjima[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. Father; paternal uncle, one’s father’s brother.

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References[edit]

  • Dench, Alan (1991). "Panyjima", in R.M.W. Dixon and Barry J. Blake: The Handbook of Australian Languages, Volume 4. Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia, 125–244.

Pitjantjatjara[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. father
  2. father’s older brother or close male friend; uncle
  3. god

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Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f

  1. mum

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mamma.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f (plural mamas)

  1. boob, boobie
  2. udder
  3. teat

Verb[edit]

mama

  1. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present indicative of mamar
  2. Second-person singular (tu) affirmative imperative of mamar

Romanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f (singular, nominative/accusative, definite form of mamă)

  1. the mother

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mâma/
  • Hyphenation: ma‧ma

Noun[edit]

mȁma f (Cyrillic spelling ма̏ма)

  1. mom

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Slovak[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f, declension pattern žena

  1. mama

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mamma.

Noun[edit]

mama f (plural mamas)

  1. breast, mamma

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Verb[edit]

mama

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of mamar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of mamar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of mamar.

Swahili[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama (n class, plural mama)

  1. mother (female parent)

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Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English mama

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mother
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 3:20 (translation here):
      Man i kolim meri bilong em Iv, long wanem, em i tumbuna mama bilong olgeta manmeri.

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Turkish[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama (definite accusative mamayı, plural mamalar)

  1. baby food
  2. food (in child's language)

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Venetian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Italian mamma

Noun[edit]

mama f (plural mame)

  1. mother
  2. mum, mummy

Wanyi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Guugu Yimidhirr mayi.

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. (vegetable-based) food

References[edit]

  • Mary Laughren, Rob Pensalfini, Tom Mylne, Accounting for verb-initial order in an Australian language, in Verb First: On the syntax of verb-initial languages (2005)