Definition of mam in English:



dialect, informal
  • One's mother.

    ‘my mam would have had a fit if I'd gone out dressed like that’
    as name ‘it was better when Mam was alive’
    • ‘The hardest task was to go to mam in her eighties and break the news.’
    • ‘But mam, I can't stay in the same room as them!’
    • ‘What do people do now if both Mam and Dad have to work nights?’
    • ‘I managed to say goodbye to mam and my siblings by making myself think of something else as we hugged, but my dad, to whom I was closest, locked himself in the bathroom.’
    • ‘I remember once, many years ago, trying to get off school by telling my dear old mam that I had a terrible ear-ache.’
    • ‘Going to the Olympia theatre in Dublin with mam and dad was the best.’


Late 16th century: perhaps imitative of a child's first syllables (see mama).