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From Late Latin mammothreptus, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek μαμμόθρεπτος ‎(mammóthreptos, brought up by one’s grandmother), from μάμμη ‎(mámmē, grandmother) + θρεπτός ‎(threptós) verbal adjective from τρέφω ‎(tréphō, to bring up).



mammothrept ‎(plural mammothrepts)

  1. (archaic) A spoilt child.
    • 1601, Ben Jonson, Fountaine of Selfe-love, IV.3:
      O, you are a meere mammothrept in judgement, then. Why, doe you not obserue how excellently the dittie is affected in euerie place?
    • 1947, Robertson Davies, The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks:
      She concludes, "you better apologize." The day I apologize to you, you contumacious mammothrept, there will be two moons in the sky.
    • 1970, Patrick O'Brian, Master & Commander:
      ‘And having seen the parents I am impatient to see this youth, the fruit of their strangely unattractive loins: will he be a wretched mammothrept?’