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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
mama's boy
▪ You’ve got to stand up for yourself, stop being such a mama’s boy.
▪ Just went around in my wrapper all the livelong day, my mama would faint.
▪ Those children, no more than babies, and the mama had gone shopping and left on the oil-stove, no?
▪ Your mama go out and buy you a brand new bike, that she could have bought at Christmas.
▪ Just went around in my wrapper all the livelong day, my mama would faint.
▪ Those children, no more than babies, and the mama had gone shopping and left on the oil-stove, no?
▪ Your mama go out and buy you a brand new bike, that she could have bought at Christmas.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mamma \Mam*ma"\, n. [Reduplicated from the infantine word ma, influenced in spelling by L. mamma.] Mother; -- word of tenderness and familiarity. [Written also mama.]

Tell tales papa and mamma.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1707, spelling variant of mamma. Meaning "sexually attractive woman" first recorded 1925 in black slang; mama's boy "soft, effeminate male" is from 1901.


n. (context hypocoristic usually childish English) mother, female parent.

  1. n. informal terms for a mother [syn: ma, mamma, mom, momma, mommy, mammy, mum, mummy, mater]

  2. a name under which Ninkhursag was worshipped


Mama(s) or Mamma(s) may refer to:

Mama (Spice Girls song)

"Mama" is a song by British pop group Spice Girls. It was written by the Spice Girls, Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard, and produced by Rowe and Stannard for the group's debut album Spice, released in November 1996. "Mama" is a pop ballad that features instrumentation from keyboards, a rhythm guitar, a cello, and a violin, and its lyrics deal with the difficulties in relationships between mothers and daughters that appear during adolescence.

It was released as a double A-side with " Who Do You Think You Are", and became the official single of the 1997 Comic Relief. Its Big TV! directed music video, featured the group singing to an audience of children and their own mothers. Despite receiving mixed reviews from music critics, "Mama" was commercially successful. Released as the album's fourth single in March 1997, it became their fourth consecutive number-one single in the United Kingdom, which made the Spice Girls the first act in UK chart history to have its first four singles reach number one. It was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The single performed well internationally, reaching the top ten in many European countries and New Zealand, and the top fifteen in Australia.

Mama (TV series)

Mama is a weekly Maxwell House and Post Cereal-sponsored CBS Television comedy-drama series that ran from July 1, 1949 until March 17, 1957. It is based on the memoir Mama's Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes, which was also adapted for the John Van Druten play (1944) and the subsequent film I Remember Mama (1948), and told the ongoing story of a loving Norwegian family living in San Francisco in the 1910s through the eyes of the elder daughter, Katrin Hansen ( Rosemary Rice). Katrin would be seen looking through the pages of the family album at the start of each episode with the opening narration:

"This old album makes me remember so many things in the past. San Francisco and the house on Steiner Street where I was born. It brings back memories of my cousins, aunts, and uncles; all the boys and girls I grew up with. And I remember my family as we were then. My brother Nels, my little sister Dagmar, and of course, Papa. But most of all when I look back to those days so long ago, most of all, I remember ... Mama."

The show was originally broadcast live from a television studio located above the waiting room in Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal.

Mama (My Chemical Romance song)

"Mama" is a song by American rock band My Chemical Romance. It is the ninth track from the group's third studio album, The Black Parade. The album was released on October 23, 2006. The song features guest vocals from actress and singer Liza Minnelli.

Mama (Ana Ahabak)

"Mama (Ana Ahabak)" is the third and final single from Christina Stürmer's debut album, Freier Fall. The song became Stürmer's second number one song in Austria. The song deals with the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The single was certified platinum in Austria.

Mama (1990 film)

Mama is a 1990 Chinese film directed by Zhang Yuan. Zhang Yuan's directorial debut, Mama is now considered a seminal film in the history of Chinese independent cinema, and by extension, as a pioneering film of the Sixth Generation of which Zhang is a member. Shot on an extreme budget within Zhang Yuan's apartment, Mama, follows the story of a mother and her grown mentally challenged son.

Mama (Nomeansno album)

Mama is the debut album of the band, Nomeansno. Recorded in 1982 by brothers John and Rob Wright, the album was initially available with a limited number of 500 vinyl pressings. After being re-released on limited-run cassette, the album was re-mastered and properly released on CD format in 1992 on the band's Wrong Records imprint, containing four additional tracks taken from their 1981 release, the Betrayal, Fear, Anger, Hatred EP. Mama was yet again re-released in 2004 containing two early video recordings of the brothers performing the songs, "Rich Guns" and "Forget Your Life" on public broadcast TV in 1981.

Mama (Genesis song)

"Mama" was the first single from Genesis' 1983 self-titled album. It is recognisable for its harsh drum machine introduction composed by Mike Rutherford, which leads into minimalist synthesizer lines in minor keys and finally Phil Collins' reverb-laden voice. It remains the band's most successful single in the UK, peaking at No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart. It also made the top 10 in Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Ireland and the Netherlands. It was less popular in the U.S., only reaching No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100. A 1992 re-release of the single managed to reach the Top 40 in Germany.

A live drum kit, modified using the gated reverb effect, is used in the final verse.

The song resurfaced in 2007 as part of the Turn It On Again tour, albeit transposed down a tone to account for the deepening of Phil Collins' voice.

Mama (Umberto Tozzi and Laura Branigan song)

"Mama" is a song recorded by Italian balladeer Umberto Tozzi and American pop star Laura Branigan. Renowned throughout Italy, Tozzi's melodic and romantic music was largely unheard outside his native country until Branigan discovered his songs and gave them dramatic reinterpretations.

Originally written by Tozzi and Giancarlo Bigazzi in the late 1970s, "Mama" was one of several Italian songs Laura Branigan recorded in the early- to mid-1980s with a bold, urgently emotional vocal and more dynamic instrumentation that sharpened the songs' hooks and captured the zeitgeist of the era's synth- and guitar-driven Europop style. In 1982, the 1979 Tozzi/Bigazzi tune " Gloria" became a platinum, Number One smash for Branigan and launched her career. Two years later, Branigan would take the 1977 Tozzi/Bigazzi song "Ti Amo" to the top of the charts in several countries. And Bigazzi was the cowriter of Branigan's biggest international hit, " Self Control" (the only one of the four written in English and recorded by Branigan as written). For "Mama," as for " Ti Amo," Branigan's English lyrics were written by Diane Warren, a frequent collaborator on Branigan's early albums. Featured on her 1983 album, Branigan 2, "Mama" is the only one of the four which Branigan didn't release as a single.

Category:1970s songs Category:Laura Branigan songs Category:Songs written by Diane Warren Category:Songs written by Giancarlo Bigazzi Category:Songs written by Umberto Tozzi

Mama (Loves a Crackhead)

"Mama (Loves a Crackhead)" is the fourth single by British rapper and songwriter Plan B, taken from his debut album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words, which was released two weeks prior to the single. "Mama (Loves a Crackhead)" was the first single to be entirely produced by Plan B himself. "Mama" was released on 10 July 2006, and it just missed out on a UK Top 40 placing, peaking at #41. The song "tells the sad story of his mother's relationship with a crack addict". The music video for "Mama (Loves a Crackhead)" was directed by Dawn Shadforth. The song samples " I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" by Hall & Oates and a remix version featuring Hall & Oates is also featured on his Paint It Blacker mixtape.

Mama (Vitas album)

Mama'' (Мама'', sometimes translated Mother or Mom) is a Russian album by Vitas. It was released in 2003, simultaneously with The Songs of My Mother. Both albums were a tribute to his late mother. Songs from these albums featured heavily in the setlist of Vitas' extensive world tour The Songs of My Mother, performed at hundreds of venues in several countries from 2004-2006.

The opening track, The Star won a Russian People's HIT prize in 2003 and is one of Vitas' most popular songs worldwide. Like Opera No. 2, it is still a staple of Vitas' live performances. Vitas sang the song as a duet with Alexander Kireev for his entry into the Star Factory in 2006.

He performed the song Starry River accompanied by its composer Aleksandra Pakhmutova on piano at a concert in honour of the composer.

He covered the song The Unknown Friend Song (Песня о неизвестном друге, also known as Extraterrestrial Friend) composed in 1985 by Aleksandra Pakhmutova and Rasul Gamzatov (the poem is translated by Yunna Morits) for the song cycle The Earth Globe (Шар земной, 1985–1987). The song is about an unknown friend that realizes that there is an unknown circle of "invisible and unknown" friends and enemies, as well as "lovable planets" (as per the lyrics), in addition to interstellar and general awareness, brotherhood to the next and an existence of an extraplanetary cycle. (The song addresses the topic of science fiction: brotherhood for humanity in the 3rd millennium and beyond.) It is also subsequently re-edited on Vitas' 2006 CD Return Home. There's also the music score of the song (available on the composer's website) to download. In concert, Vitas often dons an alien robot costume while performing this song.

Mama (magazine)

Mama is a monthly women's magazine published in Stockholm, Sweden. Its readers are mostly mothers.

Mama (software)

Mama is an educational object-oriented programming language designed to help young students start programming by providing all language elements in the student mother tongue. Mama programming language is available in several languages, with both left-to-right (LTR) and right-to-left (RTL) language direction support.

A new variant of Mama was built on top of Carnegie Mellon's Alice development environment, supporting scripting of the 3D stage objects. This new variant of Mama was designed to help young students start programming by building 3D animations and games. __TOC__

Mama (Vladimir Arzumanyan song)

"Mama" (, English: Mom) is a song recorded by Armenian pre-teen singer Vladimir Arzumanyan. It won for Armenia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010, held in Minsk, Belarus scoring 120 points.

Mama (EP)

Mama is the debut studio EP by South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo-K and Exo-M, produced and released by S.M. Entertainment on April 9, 2012 in two language editions – Exo-K's Korean version and Exo-M's Mandarin version.

Mama (Exo song)

"Mama" is a song by South Korean-Chinese boy bands Exo-K and Exo-M. It served as their debut single and title track from their debut record Mama (2012). Available in both Korean and Mandarin, the song was digitally released on April 8, 2012, by S.M. Entertainment.

Mama (2013 film)

Mama is a 2013 English-language Spanish supernatural horror film directed and co-written by Andrés Muschietti and based on his 2008 Argentine short film Mamá. The film stars Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and is produced by Zandy Federico and co-writer Bárbara Muschietti, with Guillermo del Toro serving as executive producer.

The film deals with the story of two young girls abandoned in a forest cabin, fostered by an unknown entity that they fondly call "Mama", which eventually follows them to their new suburban home after their uncle retrieves them. Originally set for an October 2012 release, it was released in theaters on 18 January 2013. The movie was remade in Tamil under the title Mooch.

Mama (2014 TV series)

Mama (; also known as Mama – Fearless of Anything in the World) is a 2014 South Korean television series starring Song Yun-ah, Hong Jong-hyun, Jung Joon-ho, and Moon Jung-hee. It aired on MBC from August 2 to October 19, 2014 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:45 for 24 episodes.

Mama (Il Divo)

«Mama («Mum» in English) is a song created for Il Divo, included in the album Il Divo (2004), written by Quiz & Larossi with music of Savan Kotecha.

Mama was the first big success of reference of Quiz & Larossi.

Mama (Emily Wells album)

Mama is a studio album by Emily Wells. Released in 2012 through Partisan Records, it was largely well received by critics. Bring the Noise called the release a "fine example of what can happen when someone ignores the traditional boundaries of music genres." An acoustic version of Mama was released in on June 11, 2013 in the United States and United Kingdom through Partisan Records.

Usage examples of "mama".

As yet she was simply startled by the coincidence, her brain had not had time to absorb its full significance--that Mama Therese should receive a communication from these distinctively named solicitors on the evening of the very day on which they advertised concerning a young woman named Sofia!

Mama, Dasha, Deda, and Babushka all stared at Tatiana with confusion and remorse, as if, one, they had been surprised she could speak and, two, they were sorry for saying grown-up things in the presence of a child.

Dasha, Mama, and Babushka looked at the shape of the glued paper on the window.

Mama and Babushka brought the canned goods, the cereals and the grains, soap and salt and vodka into the rooms, stacking it all in the corners and in the hallway behind the sofa.

Not from the night, not from Mama or Papa, not from Deda and Babushka, far away, not from Babushka Maya, too old to care, not from Marina, who knew too much without knowing anything, not from Dimitri, who was mired in his own hell, and certainly not from Alexander, the impossible, maddening, unforgivable Alexander.

Dasha, Alexander, Marina, Mama, and Babushka all arguing heatedly inside the room.

Mama one evening when Babushka was in the other room and the girls were all in bed.

En ze hoort natuurlijk een heele boel slechts van me door mama en tante en de nichtjes.

Bongo do but reach into a baby buggy which a Mama is pushing past on the sidewalk on the Garden side of the street, and snatch out a baby, though what Bongo wants with this baby nobody knows to this day.

Mama puts up quite a squawk about Bongo grabbing her baby, because no Mama wishes her baby to keep company with a gorilla, and this Mama starts in screaming very loud, and trying to take the baby away from Bongo, so what does Bongo do but run right up on the roof of the Garden by way of a big electric sign which hangs down on the Forty-ninth Street side.

Bongo is sitting up there on the edge of the roof about seven stories above the ground peeking down with the baby in his arms, and he is holding this baby just like a Mama would, but anybody can see that Bongo does not care for the row below, and once he lifts the baby high above his head as if to bean somebody with it.

Mama and my bubbe, Ruchel, worked inside the house, cleaning everything until not a trace of chumatz could be found, except for a small space in the corner of the kitchen where we could still eat until Passover.

My bubbe, Ruchel, came to watch me as well giving much needed respite to mama and Tanya.

A couple of brawny supers carried Mama on stage in Act Four, wrapped in a shroud, tipped her into the cellarage amidst displays of grief from all concerned but up she would pop at curtain-call having shaken the dust off her graveclothes and touched up her eye make-up, to curtsy with the rest of the resurrected immortals, all of whom, even Prince Hamlet himself, turned out, in the end, to be just as un-dead as she.

Now Coffa topped his mama in height at the shoulder by several inches as well as breadth in the chest.