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mum2

or mumm

[muhm] /mʌm/
verb (used without object), mummed, mumming.
1.
to say “mum”; call for silence.
2.
to act as a mummer.
Origin of mum2
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English mommen, v. use of mum1; compare Middle Dutch mommen to act the mummer's part

mum3

[muhm] /mʌm/
noun
Origin
shortened form

mum4

[muhm] /mʌm/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
mother1 .
Origin
1815-25; nursery word; see mom

mum5

[muhm] /mʌm/
noun
1.
a strong beer or ale, first made in Brunswick, Germany.
Origin
1630-40; < German Mumme, said to have been named after the brewer who made it

mum6

[muhm] /mʌm/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
Origin
variant of ma'am
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Examples from the Web for mums
Historical Examples
  • I was almost sorry I had said it, for mums' face clouded over a little.

    The Girls and I Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  • Small daughter (tearfully): "Oh, mums, I do so want to give this worm to my hen."

  • But all was no use, and when we came up to the drawing-room again there was mums in her crimson teagown, looking so anxious.

    The Girls and I Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  • mums doesn't like it, of course, but she's had to give in, and they'll be married in a year.

    In Brief Authority F. Anstey
  • So mums asked Mrs. Parsley to tell me where I could go without any fear of losing my way, or coming back too late.

    The Girls and I Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  • I wonder, mums, if you would write something on a piece of paper for me.

    The School Queens L. T. Meade
  • Only fancy, mums and Daddy wanted the Count to have him killed!

    In Brief Authority F. Anstey
  • Luckily for the success of her lie, Miss Marks was not returning with mums.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • I hate being away from mums, and then I've a feeling she may be wanting me always.

    The Girls and I Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  • "They were all so lovely I dared not choose," mums was expatiating.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for mums

mum1

/mʌm/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) an informal word for mother1
Word Origin
C19: a child's word

mum2

/mʌm/
adjective
1.
keeping information to oneself; silent
noun
2.
mum's the word, silence or secrecy is to be observed
Word Origin
C14: suggestive of closed lips

mum3

/mʌm/
verb mums, mumming, mummed
1.
(intransitive) to act in a mummer's play
Word Origin
C16: verbal use of mum²

mum4

/mʌm/
noun
1.
(Brit, obsolete) a type of beer made from cereals, beans, etc
Word Origin
C17: from German Mumme, perhaps from the name of its original brewer
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Word Origin and History for mums

mum

interj.

"be silent," 1560s, from Middle English mum, mom (late 14c.), inarticulate closed-mouth sound, indicative of unwillingness or inability to speak. As an adjective meaning "secret" from 1520s. Phrase mum's the word is first recorded 1704.

n.

abbreviation of chrysanthemum, first attested 1915 in the jargon of gardeners.

pet word for "mother," 1823, short for mummy (see mamma). In British sociology, used from 1957 in reference to "the working class mother as an influence in the lives of her children." Also sometimes a vulgar corruption of madam.

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