mum etymology

English word mum comes from English mam ((informal, and, colloquial) Diminutive of mother.)

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Detailed word origin of mum

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
mam English (eng) (informal, and, colloquial) Diminutive of mother.
mum English (eng) (UK, Australia, New England, Canada, informal) Mother.. (dated, colloquial) ma'am; a term of respect for an older woman.