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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also muu-muu, 1923, from Hawaiian mu'u mu'u, literally "cut off," name given to the local adaptation of the dresses given to Island women by early 19c. Christian missionaries "in the early days when a few flowers sufficed for a garment" [Don Blanding, "Hula Moons," 1930]. So called because the native style hangs from the shoulder and omits the high neck and the train.


n. A long loose-fitting dress made of lightweight fabric printed with bright, stylized Hawaiian themes (such as flowers and palm branches).


n. a woman's loose unbelted dress [syn: Mother Hubbard]


The muumuu or muumuu is a loose dress of Hawaiian origin that hangs from the shoulder. Like the aloha shirt, muumuu exports are often brilliantly colored with floral patterns of generic Polynesian motifs. Muumuus for local Hawaiian residents are more subdued in tone. Muumuus are no longer as widely worn at work as the aloha shirt, but continue to be the preferred formal dress for weddings and festivals such as the Merrie Monarch hula competition. Muumuus are also popular as maternity wear because they do not restrict the waist.

Usage examples of "muumuu".

As she lifted toward his mouth, his hands slid beneath her muumuu, gliding up her legs until he captured the softness waiting between.

The question came from a short, dark-haired woman in a muumuu draped with a fading lei that matched the one Boots's father was wearing.

For the ceremony Rosie had elected to wear an off-white organza muumuu with a crown of baby's breath encircling her strangely dyed red hair.

Nell hadn't had a chance to do the final adjustments on my bridesmaid's muumuu, but how much fitting could it need?

Rosie in her white muumuu, a crown of baby's breath in her hair, and William in his tuxedo, stood before Judge Raney, holding hands with tenderness.

But she only stood irresolutely on the porch for a long moment before returning to her car, the muumuu floating behind her, the irrepressible smile still plastered across her face.

Hatch turned to see Doris Bowditch, another splendid muumuu billowing behind her like a purple parachute.

She wore a short muumuu emblazoned with red and yellow flowers that barely covered her hips.

Delphi silently pointed to Adrian, and the man who had tied Pitt pulled a small case from his pocket, inserted a needle into a hypodermic, and then lifted the the hem of Adrian's short muumuu, unceremoniously jabbing the needle into one well-rounded buttock's cheek.