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mum 1

 (mŭm)
adj.
Not verbalizing; silent.
interj.
Used as a command to stop speaking.
Idiom:
mum's the word
Say nothing of the secret you know: Mum's the word on the surprise party.

[Middle English mom, mum, perhaps imitative of closing one's lips.]

mum 2

 (mŭm)
intr.v. mummed, mum·ming, mums
1. To act or play in a pantomime.
2. To go merrymaking in a mask or disguise especially during a festival.

[Middle English mummen, from Old French momer, to wear a mask.]

mum 3

 (mŭm)
n. Chiefly British
Mother.

[Short for mummy.]

mum 4

 (mŭm)
n.
A chrysanthemum.

mum 5

 (mŭm)
n.
A strong beer originally brewed in Brunswick, Germany.

[German Mumme.]

mum

(mʌm)
n
chiefly Brit an informal word for mother1
[C19: a child's word]

mum

(mʌm)
adj
keeping information to oneself; silent
n
mum's the word silence or secrecy is to be observed
[C14: suggestive of closed lips]

mum

(mʌm) or

mumm

vb, mums, mumming or mummed
(Theatre) (intr) to act in a mummer's play
[C16: verbal use of mum2]

mum

(mʌm)
n
(Brewing) obsolete Brit a type of beer made from cereals, beans, etc
[C17: from German Mumme, perhaps from the name of its original brewer]

mum1

(mʌm)

adj.
silent: to keep mum.
[1350–1400; Middle English momme]

mum2

(mʌm)

v.i. mummed, mum•ming.
to act as a mummer.
[1350–1400; Middle English mommen, v. use of mom mum1]

mum3

(mʌm)

n.
[1920–25; shortened form]

mum4

(mʌm)

n.
[1815–25; see mom]

mum5

(mʌm)

n.
a strong beer or ale.
[1630–40; < German Mumme]

mum


Past participle: mummed
Gerund: mumming

Imperative
mum
mum
Present
I mum
you mum
he/she/it mums
we mum
you mum
they mum
Preterite
I mummed
you mummed
he/she/it mummed
we mummed
you mummed
they mummed
Present Continuous
I am mumming
you are mumming
he/she/it is mumming
we are mumming
you are mumming
they are mumming
Present Perfect
I have mummed
you have mummed
he/she/it has mummed
we have mummed
you have mummed
they have mummed
Past Continuous
I was mumming
you were mumming
he/she/it was mumming
we were mumming
you were mumming
they were mumming
Past Perfect
I had mummed
you had mummed
he/she/it had mummed
we had mummed
you had mummed
they had mummed
Future
I will mum
you will mum
he/she/it will mum
we will mum
you will mum
they will mum
Future Perfect
I will have mummed
you will have mummed
he/she/it will have mummed
we will have mummed
you will have mummed
they will have mummed
Future Continuous
I will be mumming
you will be mumming
he/she/it will be mumming
we will be mumming
you will be mumming
they will be mumming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mumming
you have been mumming
he/she/it has been mumming
we have been mumming
you have been mumming
they have been mumming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mumming
you will have been mumming
he/she/it will have been mumming
we will have been mumming
you will have been mumming
they will have been mumming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mumming
you had been mumming
he/she/it had been mumming
we had been mumming
you had been mumming
they had been mumming
Conditional
I would mum
you would mum
he/she/it would mum
we would mum
you would mum
they would mum
Past Conditional
I would have mummed
you would have mummed
he/she/it would have mummed
we would have mummed
you would have mummed
they would have mummed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mum - of Chinamum - of China        
chrysanthemum - any of numerous perennial Old World herbs having showy brightly colored flower heads of the genera Chrysanthemum, Argyranthemum, Dendranthema, Tanacetum; widely cultivated
2.mum - informal terms for a mothermum - 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"
3.mum - secrecy; "mum's the word"
secrecy, secretiveness, silence - the trait of keeping things secret
Adj.1.mum - failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to; "the witness remained silent"
incommunicative, uncommunicative - not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions

mum

adjective silent, quiet, dumb, mute, secretive, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, tight-lipped, closemouthed I'd be in trouble if I let on. So I kept mum.

mum

adjective
Temporarily unable or unwilling to speak, as from shock or fear:
Translations
mámamamimaminka
mor
äiti
mama
mamma
ママ
엄마
mamytė
māmiņamammīte
mami
mami
mamma
แม่
mẹ

mum

1 [mʌm] N (Brit) (= mother) → mamá f, mamaíta f, mamacita f (LAm)
I'll ask Mumle preguntaré a mamá
my mummi mamá

mum

2 [mʌm] ADJ to keep mum (about sth)guardar silencio (sobre algo)
everybody is keeping mum about itnadie suelta prenda sobre el asunto
mum's the word!¡punto en boca!, ¡ni una palabra a nadie!

mum

[ˈmʌm]
n (British)
(= mother) → maman f
my mum → ma mère
her mum → sa mère
(used as name)maman f
Mum! → Maman!
I'll ask Mum → Je vais demander à maman.
adj
to keep mum → ne pas souffler mot
Mum's the word! → Motus et bouche cousue!

mum

1
n, adj (inf) mum ’s the word!nichts verraten! (inf); to keep or stay mumden Mund halten (→ about über +acc) (inf)

mum

2
n (Brit inf) (= mother)Mutter f; (as address) → Mutti f (inf)

mum

3
n (US inf: = chrysanthemum) → Chrysantheme f

mum

1 [mʌm] n (Brit) (fam) (mother) → mamma

mum

2 [mʌm] adj to keep mum (about sth)non fare parola (di qc), non aprire bocca (su qc)
mum's the word! → acqua in bocca!

mum, mummy1,

mummy1

(plural ˈmummies) (ˈmam(i)) noun
a child's name for his or her mother. Goodbye, Mum(my)!; Where's your mum(my), John?

mum

مَامَا máma mor Mutti μαμά mamá äiti maman mama mamma ママ 엄마 mam mamma mama mamã, mamãe мама mamma แม่ anne mẹ 妈妈
References in classic literature ?
He saw the rags rise higher and higher above him until at last they tumbled upon the floor from the body of a naked man--a thin, a bony, a hideous caricature of man, that mouthed and mummed and, wabbling upon its weak and shaking legs, crumpled to the floor again, still laughing--laughing horribly.