Definition of mammy in English:



  • 1A child's word for their mother.

    ‘he was screaming for his mammy’
    • ‘All of our mammies receive a special prize at the end of every show.’
    • ‘Among those feeling slightly upset at the thought of being separated from his mammy was little Aidan Gammon, from Viewmount.’
    • ‘Look beyond the superficial similarities and you will see that he, as evidenced by this quote from a poem, had no respect for his mammy either.’
    • ‘And the wives, girlfriends and mammies would be happier.’
    • ‘And I'd like to thank my mammy and everyone who sacrificed so much to bring me to this great moment.’
    • ‘Then daddies and mammies and their little ones would visit grandparents with presents and a wonderful family time of reunion was experienced by so many people.’
    • ‘In the end we have to summon my mother, who comes charging down Maryhill Road bearing cash, credit cards and that look women get when they are reminded that even 35-year-olds still need their mammy.’
    • ‘And finally, last Sunday March 16, my mammy celebrated her 80th birthday.’
    • ‘Sarah wants to be a nurse like her mammy, Vera, who works in the hospital in Portlaoise.’
    • ‘‘I know Mark Feehily is dying to get home and tuck into his mammy's turkey and cranberry sauce,’ Kian said.’
    • ‘His mammy is going to buy him a lot of wire brushes for the job!’
    • ‘So if you re going to college, do as your mammy says and be good.’
    • ‘She helped her mammy to plant flowers in the garden.’
    • ‘Baltinglass hairdresser Maureen Plant was given the onerous task of taking the blade to Aileen's hair, while Aileen's son Caleb also took his opportunity to remove his mammy's hair.’
    • ‘Robert's sisters, Louise and Chloe, along with his mammy and daddy, Paula and Tony, wish Robert a happy birthday.’
    • ‘‘But while that helped a lot, it's clear that a lot of the mammies and daddies voted for me as well,’ he says.’
    • ‘Even in the face of overwhelming odds James chatted to his mammy and daddy over the five days in hospital and one of the last things he asked for was a bar of chocolate.’
    • ‘Her mammy and daddy, Margaret and PJ, along with her brothers Ross and Derek wished Kayleigh a very happy birthday.’
    • ‘All around the hall were the mammies, daddies, grannies, grandads, sisters, brothers and friends of the dancers and, a sign of the times, I spotted more than one camcorder!’
    • ‘If you have a recipe you would like to share, an exciting discovery of your own, a childhood memory of something your mammy, granny, dad or any other culinary expert in your family served up in days gone by, please pass it on.’
    1. 1.1offensive (formerly in the southern United States) a black nursemaid or nanny in charge of white children.


Early 16th century: from mam + -y; compare with mommy and mummy.