amma

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See also: Amma, ammā, and ämmä

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Related to Tamil அம்மா (ammā, mother), Hindi अम्मा (ammā), Malayalam അമ്മ (amma), Kannada ಅಮ್ಮ (amma, mother) Telugu అమ్మ (amma, mother), Sinhalese අම්මා (ammā, mother), or Classical Syriac ܐܡܐ(emma, mother). (This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun[edit]

amma (plural ammas)

  1. (India) mother
Usage notes[edit]
  • Widely used in English-speaking expat communities.
Derived terms[edit]

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Etymology 2[edit]

Late Latin amma, probably of interjectional or imitative origin: compare Spanish ama, German Amme, Basque ama.

Noun[edit]

amma (plural ammas)

  1. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) An abbess or spiritual mother.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “amma” in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

Anagrams[edit]


Azerbaijani[edit]

Other scripts
Cyrillic амма
Perso-Arabic اما

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Arabic أَمَّا(ʾammā).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈɑmːɑ]
  • (Karabakh) IPA(key): [ˈɑmbɑ] (as if spelled amba)
  • (file)

Conjunction[edit]

amma

  1. but
    Synonyms: ancaq, fəqət

Bole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun[edit]

àmma

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Alhaji Maina Gimba, Russell G. Schuh, Bole-English-Hausa Dictionary and English-Bole Wordlist
  • Takács, Gábor (2007) Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, volume 3, Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, page 201, →ISBN:
    [] we should carefully distinguish the following Ch. roots from AA *m-ˀ "water" [GT]:
    (1) Ch. *h-m "water" [GT]: WCh. *hama [Stl.]: AS *ham (Gmy. *hām) [GT 2004, 153] = *am [Stl. 1977] = *ham [Dlg.] = *ham [Stl. 1987]: [] BT *hama [Stl.] = *am- [Schuh], Bole ˀame [Schuh] = aməi [Schuh] = àmmá [Schuh] []

Cornish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Revived Late Cornish) abma

Etymology[edit]

From amm (kiss).

Verb[edit]

amma

  1. to kiss

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Swedish amma.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɑmːɑ/, [ˈɑmːɑ]
  • Rhymes: -ɑmːɑ
  • Syllabification: am‧ma

Noun[edit]

amma

  1. wet nurse
  2. nanny

Declension[edit]

Inflection of amma (Kotus type 9/kala, no gradation)
nominative amma ammat
genitive amman ammojen
partitive ammaa ammoja
illative ammaan ammoihin
singular plural
nominative amma ammat
accusative nom. amma ammat
gen. amman
genitive amman ammojen
ammainrare
partitive ammaa ammoja
inessive ammassa ammoissa
elative ammasta ammoista
illative ammaan ammoihin
adessive ammalla ammoilla
ablative ammalta ammoilta
allative ammalle ammoille
essive ammana ammoina
translative ammaksi ammoiksi
instructive ammoin
abessive ammatta ammoitta
comitative ammoineen
Possessive forms of amma (type kala)
possessor singular plural
1st person ammani ammamme
2nd person ammasi ammanne
3rd person ammansa

Derived terms[edit]

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Hausa[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic أَمَّا(ʾammā).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʔàm.máː/
    • (Standard Kano Hausa) IPA(key): [ʔàm.máː]

Conjunction[edit]

àmmā

  1. but

Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse amma.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

amma f (genitive singular ömmu, nominative plural ömmur)

  1. grandmother, grandma, granny

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]


Kirfi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun[edit]

amma

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Etudes berbères et chamito-sémitiques: mélanges offerts à Karl-G. Prasse (2000, →ISBN, page 38
  • Václav Blažek, A Lexicostatistical comparison of Omotic languages, in In Hot Pursuit of Language in Prehistory: Essays in the four fields of anthropology, page 122

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Pokorny[1] suggests a derivation from Proto-Indo-European *amma-, *ama- (mother). Compare Latin amita (paternal aunt), Latin anus (crone) and Old High German amma (wet nurse).

Noun[edit]

amma f (genitive ammae); first declension

  1. a nocturnal bird, perhaps the screech owl
    • c. 600, Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae, XII.vii.42:
      Haec avis [viz. strix] vulgo amma dicitur, ab amando parvulos; unde et lac praebere fertur nascentibus.
      This bird is commonly called amma [mum (?)], because it loves its young, and it is also said to offer milk to its hatchlings.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Based on etymological evidence and the reference to milk in the Isidore quote, it is suspected that this word actually meant “mother”, along similar lines to atta (father).

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative amma ammae
Genitive ammae ammārum
Dative ammae ammīs
Accusative ammam ammās
Ablative ammā ammīs
Vocative amma ammae

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pokorny, Julius (1959), “am(m)a”, in Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume I, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, pages 36-37

Further reading[edit]

  • amma in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

amma m or f

  1. definite feminine singular of amme

Verb[edit]

amma

  1. inflection of amme:
    1. simple past
    2. past participle

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Verb[edit]

amma (present tense ammar, past tense amma, past participle amma, present participle ammande, imperative am)

  1. A-infinitive form of amme

Noun[edit]

amma f

  1. definite singular of amme
  2. (pre-2012) alternative form of amme

Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *ammǭ (mother), from Proto-Indo-European *amma (mother).

Noun[edit]

amma f

  1. wet nurse

Descendants[edit]

  • German: Amme

Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *ammǭ (mother), from Proto-Indo-European *amma (mother).

Noun[edit]

amma f (genitive ǫmmu, plural ǫmmur)

  1. grandmother

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

See also[edit]

  • afi (grandfather)
  • edda (great-grandmother)
  • ái (great-grandfather)

References[edit]

  • amma”, in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press

Pali[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

amma

  1. vocative singular of ammā (mummy)
  2. familiar term of address to a woman

References[edit]

Pali Text Society (1921-1925), “amma”, in Pali-English Dictionary‎, London: Chipstead


Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Low German amme; compare with German Amme (wet nurse). Verb derived from noun.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

amma c

  1. a wet nurse

Declension[edit]

Declension of amma 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative amma amman ammor ammorna
Genitive ammas ammans ammors ammornas

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

amma (present ammar, preterite ammade, supine ammat, imperative amma)

  1. to breastfeed

Conjugation[edit]

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Tagabawa[edit]

Noun[edit]

ámmà

  1. father

Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish اما(amma) from Arabic أَمَّا(ʾammā)

Adverb[edit]

amma

  1. yet

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