mama's boy

mama's boy

noun
a boy or man showing excessive attachment to or dependence on his mother.
Also called mother's boy.


Origin:
1840–50

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mama's boy

A sissy, especially a boy or man excessively attached to his mother. For example, The children called Tom a mama's boy because he ran home with every little problem. This sexist expression has survived despite its pejorative tone. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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