Mau Mau

Mau Mau

[mou mou]
noun, plural Mau Maus (especially collectively) Mau Mau.
a member of a revolutionary society in Kenya, established in the early 1950s, that consisted chiefly of Kikuyu and engaged in terrorist activities in an attempt to drive out the European settlers and to give government control to the native Kenyans.

< Kikuyu Unabridged


verb (used with object) Slang.
to terrorize, intimidate, or threaten.

1970; coined by Tom Wolfe in Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers; see Mau Mau Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To Mau Mau
World English Dictionary
Mau Mau (ˈmaʊ ˌmaʊ)
n , pl Mau Maus, Mau Mau
1.  a secret political society consisting chiefly of Kikuyu tribesmen that was founded in 1952 to drive European settlers from Kenya by acts of terrorism
2.  slang (E African) a Ugandan motorcycle policeman who directs traffic

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature