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 ?
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.
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.
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.
She wouldn’t so much as hold discourse with me when I wanted to ask her how she felt on coming home and missing her mammy.
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.
The most enduring of these stock characters are Mammy, the loyal and asexual servant; Jezebel, the licentious slave woman; the mulatto seductress; the brood mare; and more recently Sapphire, the scold who dominates and emasculates black men.
The olive-green hat was featured in one of the most memorable scenes in the film, when Scarlett implores her faithful maid Mammy, played by Hattie McDaniel, to transform her late mother's green velvet draperies into a dress and hat.
HAIR-RAISING Baz takes his mammy on a hilarious stunt
Happy Mothers Day Mam/ Nanna Love Kirsty, Jamie and Dienna - Faith xxx AUDREY GENT Happy mothers day mam love debbie xxxxxx auer PAT Happy Mother's Day mam we love you millions lots of love always (Lyndsey) natalie and Danielle xxxx AUSTIN K ALEY Happy Mothers Day to the best mammy ever.
I want to be called Mammy but we live down south and my kids speak with a southern accent so I get Mummy