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[mom] /mɒm/
noun, Informal.
Origin of mom
short for momma


middle of month. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mom
  • Hers is the guilty pleasure of the traveling working mom.
  • Many college students have bills that mom and dad don't pay.
  • When mom and dad are both working, a night at the movies might seem grand.
  • Standing now, he wobbles a bit as the trio arrange themselves so mom can slide into the seat.
  • My mom made me a devil's-food cake with red candles.
  • My mom once told me that hanging wallpaper is the ultimate test of a marriage.
  • In a weird feat of biotechnological virtuosity, scientists have engineered mice with genes from two dads, and none from a mom.
  • As more colleges make mom and dad a priority, one group hopes to give them political clout.
  • At some point, the adult children sheltering with mom and dad are going to want places of their own.
  • Give to mom or dad to use to use at the grocery store in place of plastic.
British Dictionary definitions for mom


(mainly US & Canadian) an informal word for mother1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mom

1867, American English, perhaps a shortening of mommy; also see mamma. Adjectival phrase mom and pop dates from 1951.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Related Abbreviations for mom


  1. Militia of Montana
  2. milk of magnesia


middle of month
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