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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
mum
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
new
▪ Everything a new mum needs - just look inside!
▪ And walking tall: Why Harry the penguin loves his new mum.
▪ And the milk of human kindness ... Hickory gets used to a new mum.
▪ This was a success as most H.V.s keep lists of groups to tell their new mums about.
old
▪ My old mum used to take me to the fair there.
▪ There's no side to me and I look after me old mum.
other
▪ I joined other escaping mums - and dads and younger folk and older folk too.
▪ The rest of the time sees her shopping in her car or meeting other mums.
single
▪ They say the project helps single mums, children, and people with problems.
▪ Deborah Benady, freelance writer and single mum Being female helps with mothering, but it is not enough.
working
▪ Perhaps I should have asked them if they were intending to introduce creche facilities or anything to help the working mum?
young
▪ The firm says its key target is persuading busy young mums that Spam makes an easy meal in minutes.
▪ What young mums want from a car is the same as anyone else.
▪ He is 61, five years younger than my mum.
▪ Maniac butchers mum A YOUNG mum was brutally knifed to death just moments after taking her five year-old daughter to school yesterday.
▪ Living in fear. Young mum gets phone threats from her kidnapper.
■ VERB
ask
▪ At home, indoors, I didn't ask my mum.
call
▪ At work, some of the patients call her mum and she fosters all the animals.
▪ I called my mum and dad and asked if they could take me to the hospital.
help
▪ Perhaps I should have asked them if they were intending to introduce creche facilities or anything to help the working mum?
▪ District nurses were made available to help mum look after me, though they were very unreliable.
▪ He's good about helping my mum in the house.
▪ They came from broken homes and were desperate to help struggling mums.
▪ The mate would have gladly helped but his mum would not let him out.
▪ I promise I will do my best to help mum.
▪ They say the project helps single mums, children, and people with problems.
keep
▪ I keep telling my mum she's got herself a con-man, but she won't listen to me.
▪ So, darling, keep mum about where we are.
▪ That obviously includes me, so your mum's got to keep mum, chick.
▪ The grinning skull on the back of the mystery woman's jacket is keeping mum.
live
▪ Eddie tries to deny he still lives with his mum.
talk
▪ Rory moved near the stage, behind the tables where Kenneth and Mary sat, talking to mum.
▪ But I've never really talked to my mum about anything. 1 knew straightaway after the first month.
▪ And I couldn't talk to mum and dad.
▪ Mum sent me outside while they talked.
▪ And we're not just talking about your mum and your best mate.
▪ Suddenly I felt I was talking to my mum.
▪ And even if you still can talk to your mum after she knows, you've got some one here to talk to.
▪ If talking proves fruitless, talk to your mum.
tell
▪ I keep telling my mum she's got herself a con-man, but she won't listen to me.
▪ Gran told her that mum had to go into hospital because she was hysterical!!
▪ Don't be afraid to tell your mum and dad how you feel.
▪ Who's going to tell mum first.
▪ I told my boyfriend but I couldn't tell my mum.
▪ Only two weeks before, she told her mum she wanted a donor card in case anything happened to her.
▪ We'd better tell ... tell, tell, tell your mum and dad.
want
▪ Because he didn't want to offend his mum and dad, devout Catholics.
▪ I want to pass all my exams, I want my mum and dad to be proud of me.
▪ She didn't want my mum nursing her.
▪ When you're a little girl and you're poorly, all you want is your mum.
▪ But who wants their mum to dress them when they're eighteen!
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Being a single mum is never easy.
▪ My mum and dad won't mind if you want to stay the night.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A few times I sat down in the kitchen and almost told mum but changed my mind.
▪ And for mums with their hands full, there's a trouble-free container.
▪ In the vast majority of cases this means giving them a mum and dad.
▪ John, desperate to keep his throne, sticks close to his mum for comfort.
▪ Now my mum and dad come to just about every concert.
▪ When the last hymn is sung, it's time to join mums and dads over the road at the church.
II.adjective
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Bush remained mum when the Rev.
▪ Course when I was up there, everything was mum.
▪ The designer and the White House are mum about colors and particulars.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Mum

Mum \Mum\, a. [Of imitative origin. Cf. Mumble.] Silent; not speaking; as, to keep mum.
--Thackeray.

The citizens are mum, and speak not a word.
--Shak.

mum's the word keep this a secret; don't tell anybody.

Mum

Mum \Mum\, interj. Be silent! Hush!

Mum, then, and no more.
--Shak.

Mum

Mum \Mum\, n. [G. mummere, fr. Christian Mumme, who first brewed it in 1492.] A sort of strong beer, originally made in Brunswick, Germany.
--Addison.

The clamorous crowd is hushed with mugs of mum.
--Pope.

Mum

Mum \Mum\, n. Silence. [R.]
--Hudibras.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mum

"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.

mum

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

mum

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.

Wiktionary
mum

Etymology 1 n. 1 (context UK Australia Canada New England informal English) mother. 2 (context dated English) A term of respect for an older woman. Etymology 2

n. A chrysanthemum. Etymology 3

  1. 1 (context colloquial English) silent. 2 (context colloquial English) secret. interj. stop speak! hush! n. (context obsolete English) silence v

  2. to act in a pantomime or dumb show Etymology 4

    n. A sort of strong beer, originally made in Brunswick, Germany.

WordNet
mum
  1. adj. failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to; "the witness remained silent" [syn: silent]

  2. [also: mumming, mummed]

mum
  1. n. of China [syn: florist's chrysanthemum, florists' chrysanthemum, Dendranthema grandifloruom, Chrysanthemum morifolium]

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

  3. secrecy; "mum's the word"

  4. [also: mumming, mummed]

Wikipedia
Mum (disambiguation)

Mum (or mummy) is a colloquial term for mother, a female parent.

Mum or Mums may also refer to:

  • chrysanthemum, or mum, a plant
  • Bamum kingdom or Mum, a sultanate of present-day Cameroon
  • Mum, Burma, a village
  • Mum language, a language spoken in Papua New Guinea
  • Mum (deodorant)
  • múm, an experimental Icelandic musical group
  • Mum Jokmok, a Thai comedian
  • muMs da Schemer, actor and poet best known for his role on the television series Oz
  • Mums Records, a record label
  • Mum (TV series), a British sitcom
  • .mum - a suffix for Microsoft Update Manifest files in Windows Update computing environments

MUM or MUMS may refer to:

  • Multifocal plane microscopy
  • Maximal unique match
  • Monash University, Malaysia campus
  • Maharishi University of Management
  • Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Iran
  • Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society
  • M-U-M (Magic-Unity-Might), a magazine published by the Society of American Magicians
  • MikroTik User Meeting, a conference on MikroTik RouterOS software and RouterBoard hardware
  • MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network, a support group
  • Muslim University of Morogoro in Tanzania
Múm

Múm are an Icelandic experimental musical group whose music is characterized by soft vocals, electronic glitch beats and effects, and a variety of traditional and unconventional instruments.

Mum (deodorant)

Mum was the first brand of commercial deodorant. Containing a zinc compound as its active ingredient, it was developed and patented by an inventor in Philadelphia in 1888 whose name has been lost to history. It was named for the term "mum" meaning "to keep silent" as in the popular phrase " Mum's the word" Mum was originally sold as a cream in a jar and applied with the fingertips. The small company was bought by Bristol-Myers in 1931.

Mum (TV series)

Mum is a 2016 British sitcom written by Stefan Golaszewski centred around recently widowed, suburban 59 year old Cathy (played by Lesley Manville) and her family, during the year following her husband's death. Each episode is named after a calendar month in this year. Each episode is set in Cathy's house and features her supportive lifelong friend Michael (played by Peter Mullan), and her family: son Jason and his girlfriend Kelly, her brother Derek and his new partner Pauline, and her in-laws.

Mum (song)

"Mum" was the Belarusian entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, performed in English by Polina Smolova. As the previous Belarusian entry had not finished in the top 10, Smolova performed the song in the semi-final.

The song was performed fifth on the night, following Andorra's Jenny with " Sense tu" and preceding Albania's Luiz Ejlli with " Zjarr e ftohtë". At the close of voting, it had received 10 points, which placed it 22nd (second last) and meant that Belarus would have to take part in the next semi-final as well.

The song is an energetic ( Michael Jackson-inspired, according to some publicity) dance number, in which Smolova pleads with her mother to accept her lover. Many reviewers unkindly concentrated on the grammatical inaccuracies of the English of the lyrics ("Say me no more that he's an arrant liar", for example). The performance was similarly energetic, with a number of dancers and backing singers performing acrobatic moves on stage.

Category:Eurovision songs of Belarus Category:Eurovision songs of 2006 Category:Television in Belarus Category:2006 songs

Usage examples of "mum".

Manning a month, when Mum began to complain about all the Aborigines living in the swamp.

Yes, and Mum said if we ave any more lodgers we might get a bit rich, then we could all ave two weeks oliday at Margate instead of only one.

It took Mum a long time to get ready and while she powdered her face and arranged the elaborate ornamented folds of her head-gear and dug out her necklaces and bangles, her wrappers and white shoes, and plaited her hair hurriedly in the mirror, Dad was already asleep on his three-legged chair.

It was charged upon the duties on malt, mum, cyder, and perry, the land-tax at four shillings in the pound, annuities on the sinking-fund, an application of one million from that deposit, and the loan of the like sum to be charged on the first aids of next session.

Mum dips the cows, deworms them, brands them with our brand, feeds them up on the Rhodes grass until their skins are shiny and they are so fat it seems as if they might burst, and then sends them on the red lorry into Umtali, to the Cold Storage Corporation, to be sold as ration meat.

Ordinarily I don't mind getting softly drunk next to the slowly collapsing heap that is Mum, but I have to go back to boarding school the next day, nine hours by pickup across the border to Zimbabwe.

Mum and Dad don't use the siren except to announce their arrival at parties.

Mum, learning at her knee about whelping and worming, infections, dysplasia, mites and ticks.

With the careless mechanicism of human speech, the technicalities of practical mumming were retained in these productions when they had ceased to be concerned with the stage at all.

A host of adoring Mums and Dads, all of whom thought their particular daughter a budding Margot Fonteyn, watched proudly.

They talked to me about their lives at home and what part of the country their Mums and Dads had come from.

If he had, it might have given children a chance to run away from him when he tried to trap them in his spare bedroom and pin them to the single bed with his fat gray-hair-sprouting belly while mums and dads drank coffee in the kitchen with his stick-insect purple-mottled bruised-and-battered wife.

We looked in mute horror at all those frazzled, frequently pregnant young mums dragging their sobbing brats past another sugar counter, and all those ominously silent, red-faced fathers ready to explode at the first wrong word from their sulking, surly children, and we thought - we are better than that.

There were the usual people out enjoying the late August sun - mums with toddlers, a few joggers, a guy on a bench listening to his Walkman and a number of teens hanging out farther down the hill.

The waitresses used to the violence of a back street cafe with its drunks and druggies and single mums and unemployable youths were frozen to the spot.