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Etymology 1[edit]

Origin unknown.



  1. (British dialect, Dorset) A large number, a shedload.
    • Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles
      No doubt a mampus of volk of our own rank will be down here in their carriages as soon as 'tis known.

Etymology 2[edit]

Malay mampus (to die, to perish, to be wiped out).

Alternative forms[edit]


(Singapore) IPA(key): /mʌmˈpɔs/


mampus (not comparable)

  1. (Singapore, informal) finished, wiped out, kaput.
    • 1985,The Straits Times [newspaper]
      "Oh, my wife is such a shrew. No wonder I can't stay with her!" Mampus, you're finished!
    • 1998, unknown author, Singapore Business, page 123 [book]
      Luckily, there were not in US dollars. If they were, mampus.
    • 2008 June 29, Khairul Neezam, “khaaaa-zaaam!”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1], retrieved 2015-10-25:
      Advertlets? 2 months still haven’t received?!?!?! OMG. I just cashed out mine like last week. MAMPUS. Like this December then get?
    • 2009, Muhammad Norsina Zalin, My Name is Sina: Hi… , [blog]
      Don't be [surprise] if I am using "Sure mampus", [s]o lembap or etc in this blog..
    • 2010, Dream Academy, [advertisement]
      Mampus! The recipe was in my family for seven generations! Now my unborn grandchildren will never get to enjoy this sedap dish with their multi-racial friends.”
    • 2013, William Gwee Thian Hock, A Baba Boyhood: Growing Up During World War 2, page 205 [book]
      Mampus lah. How can immature females be allowed to choose their own life partner?”
Usage notes[edit]

Commonly used in a joking manner to refer to one self when one is in trouble, or as a form of a curse to someone else. More common in spoken language than print.