Definition of mam in English:

mam

noun

informal
  • 1British dialect One's mother.

    ‘my mam would have had a fit if I'd gone out dressed like that’
    as name ‘I had to look after the other children while Mam worked’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What do people do now if both Mam and Dad have to work nights?’
    • ‘The hardest task was to go to mam in her eighties and break the news.’
    • ‘Going to the Olympia theatre in Dublin with mam and dad was the best.’
    • ‘But mam, I can't stay in the same room as them!’
  • 2US A term of respectful or polite address used for any woman.

    ‘‘You all ride them horses down here?’ ‘Yes, mam.’’
    • ‘Excuse me, mam, but do you have any room for two soaked people?’
    • ‘I'm sorry mam, but there were no phone calls taken for you.’
    • ‘One minute you're there, mam and dad and family around you, you're poor and you've got holes in your shoes, but you're a normal person.’
    • ‘I'm not going to stop just because Mam has a bed now.’
    • ‘Yes mam, they should be ready within 15 minutes.’
    • ‘‘Yes mam,’ said the main gunner.’
    • ‘We are currently 18 hours away from their current position, mam.’
    • ‘OK, mam, I think the only person that can help you right now is your janitor, so try to reach him as fast as you can, OK?’
    • ‘‘I'm sorry mam,’ said a little girl of about nine.’
    • ‘OK mam, let's go ahead and shut it down, then we'll power it back up‘.’
    • ‘Birthday wishes come to them both from Paul and Statia, Dad and Mam and grandparents.’
    • ‘‘Yes mam,’ she confirmed, smiling, making an effort to make a first good impression.’
    • ‘Yes, mam, would you like to view the owner's box when you come?’
    • ‘It would mean a lot to me mam.’
    • ‘I know that mam.’
    • ‘No mam, I swear I'm who I claim to be… but I have to go.’
    • ‘‘Yes mam,’ Terence said.’
    • ‘I'm sorry mam, but pizza is all I'm able to afford at the moment.’
    • ‘‘No mam, we don't go giving out the addresses of our stars.’’
    • ‘‘Yes, mam,’ the assistant replied, quickly scurrying away.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (in mam (sense 1)): perhaps imitative of a child's first syllables (see mama); mam (sense 2) is a variant of ma'am.

Pronunciation

mam

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