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From Anglo-Norman maumet, shortened form of mauhoumet/mahumet, from Mahumet (Muhammad). See Muhammad for more.



mammet (plural mammets)

  1. (obsolete) A false god; an idol. [13th-17th c.]
  2. A doll or puppet; a lifeless figure, an effigy, a scarecrow. [from 15th c.]
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act 3 scene 5:
      And then to haue a wretched puling foole, / A whining mammet, in her Fortunes tender, / To answer, Ile not wed, I cannot Loue: / I am too young, I pray you pardon me.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1, Act 2 scene 3:
      this is no world / To play with mammets and to tilt with lips
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, page 49:
      He didn't want to go, and I didn't want him to go; and we stood there like two mommets and there was nothing we could say.

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