mammy


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mam·my

 (măm′ē)
n. pl. mam·mies
1. Mother.
2. Offensive A black nursemaid, especially one formerly in the southern United States.

[From dialectal mam, variant of mama.]

mammy

(ˈmæmɪ) or

mammie

n, pl -mies
1. a child's word for mother1
2. chiefly Southern US a Black woman employed as a nurse or servant to a White family

mam•my

(ˈmæm i)

n., pl. -mies.
1. Informal. mother 1.
2. (formerly in the southern U.S.) a black woman engaged as a nurse to white children.
[1515–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mammy - an offensive term for a Black nursemaid in the southern U.S.
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
nanny, nursemaid, nurse - a woman who is the custodian of children
2.mammy - informal terms for a mothermammy - informal terms for a mother    
female parent, mother - a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother); "the mother of three children"
Translations

mammy

[ˈmæmɪ] N
1.mami f, mamaíta f, mamacita f (LAm)
2. (US) (= black nurse) → nodriza f negra

mammy

n (inf)Mami f (inf); (dated US) → (schwarze) Kinderfrau, schwarze Mami (inf)
References in classic literature ?
But yo' mammy ain't gwine to desert you--no, no, dah, don't cry-- she gwine wid you, she gwine to kill herself too.
He hasn't any faults much, and is charming and sweet, like Buffalo Bill, and Thunder-Bird, and Mammy Dorcas, and Soldier Boy, and Shekels, and Potter, and Sour-Mash, and - well, they're ALL that, just angels, as you may say.
Yes, my youngster; so that in that country you'd be toddling after your mammy yet, and that old chap yonder, who looks about fifty, would only be a little shaver of four and a half.
So I interviewed my Mammy Jennie, my old nurse at whose black breast I had suckled.
He began to talk early, remembered everything he heard, and his mammy said he `wasn't all wrong.
The moon rays, streaming in through the open door and windows, gave what light was needed to the old black mammy who stood at the table concocting a tisane of fragrant herbs.
The only proviso to being a member of the Mammy club: Have a baby.
Leah McDonald, 31, wrote on Facebook: "As if my heart couldn't break any more, having to watch my little girl break down crying as I tell her that mammy has gone to the angels, telling her she's never going to see her again.
Jade Bell: "I remember reading the story of this little boy a few weeks ago and I cried and couldn't sleep for thinking of what his poor mammy was going through.
I miss his little innocent voice saying I love you mammy.
I miss his little innocent voice LOVING: saying, 'I love you mammy.