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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Back home, a traveller is always taken in, or so me mammy used to say.
▪ But me mammy talked this way and I've kept it on.
▪ Find out from your mammy, then come to me.
▪ He would get himself a job, and he would be the man his mammy had always hoped he would be.
▪ Me own mammy passed away with the consumption, then Oonagh disappeared.
▪ Your mammy here had to go in there in the morning and speak nice to him.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

mammy \mam"my\ (m[a^]m"m[y^]), n.; pl. mammies (m[a^]m"m[i^]z). A child's name for mamma, mother.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s, diminutive of mam (see mamma). Meaning "black woman having the care of white children" is by 1837, Southern U.S. dialect, variant of mamma.


n. 1 (context childish English) mamma; mother 2 (context US historical English) In the southern United States, a black nanny employed to look after white children.

  1. n. an offensive term for a Black nursemaid in the southern U.S.

  2. informal terms for a mother [syn: ma, mama, mamma, mom, momma, mommy, mum, mummy, mater]


"Mammy" is a nickname for a mother, used in several English dialects, including Hiberno-English used in Ireland.

"Mammy" may refer to:

  • Mammy archetype, a stereotype of a black woman, depicted as rotund, homely, and matronly
  • Mammy's Boy, unfinished 1923 film with Al Jolson, directed by D. W. Griffith
  • Mammy (film), starring Al Jolson
  • " My Mammy", a U.S. popular song, a huge hit for Al Jolson
  • Mammy (Gone with the Wind), the O’Haras' outspoken housemaid in the film version of Gone with the Wind
  • Mammy Two Shoes, a recurring character in MGM's Tom and Jerry cartoons, a heavy-set middle-aged black woman
  • Mammy Yokum, a white hillbilly from the comic strip " Li'l Abner"
Mammy (film)

Mammy (1930) is an American pre-Code musical drama film with Technicolor sequences, released by Warner Bros. The film starred Al Jolson and was a follow-up to his previous film, Say It with Songs (1929). Mammy became Al Jolson's fourth feature, following earlier screen efforts as The Jazz Singer (1927), The Singing Fool (1928) and Say It with Songs (1929). The movie relives Jolson's early years as a minstrel man. The songs were written by Irving Berlin, who is also credited with the original story titled Mr. Bones.

Usage examples of "mammy".

It was from that vantage that I saw Eliza Arnold near, and set her hands upon the bunched shoulders of Mammy Venus.

Arnold sat upright, leaving long strands of black hair in the hands of Mammy Venus.

She bade Mammy Venus stand, and return to her chore: brushing the black hair all down its length.

Mason beside her, a bedazed Mammy Venus was set upon by Jacob Van Eyn, asking after his wife.

I stuttered the question to completion, asking how Mammy Venus had survived.

I knelt, careful of the glass, and watched Mammy Venus and the black hens that circled her blacker skirt.

For surety, Mammy Venus parted the pecking lot of birds, dragging her feet to erase all signs of her art.

Would I have reacted similarly had I heard this news from Mammy Venus herself?

But the third I peeled and proffered to Mammy Venus, watching as up it went behind the nodding veil.

I obeyed Mammy, skirted the market, and made my way to Monumental Church.

But still he fell silent, and backed up the stairs slowly, away from Mammy Venus and toward his unseen mother.

Again Edgar raised an accusing finger to point down the stairs to Mammy Venus, standing now at the first step, with Rosalie beside and slightly behind her.

I inventoried my self as earlier Mammy and I had inventoried the trunk.

Eliza decamped to a dark corner, where she suffered quite well the curses of Mammy Venus.

From the folds of her black frock, Mammy Venus had drawn forth a length of timeworn leather from which there depended a locket of pressed tin.