Main definitions of ma in English

: ma1MA2

ma1

noun

informal
  • One's mother.

    ‘I didn't want to make trouble for my ma’
    • ‘My ma called to ask if we're having a cake.’
    • ‘My ma drank too much wine and smoked too much.’
    • ‘One of my Ma's friends came up with a second broken chicken crate she'd found rotting in a field in Linden, on the other side of St. George Avenue.’

Origin

Early 19th century: shortening of mama.

Pronunciation

ma

/mɑ//mä/

Main definitions of ma in English

: ma1MA2

MA2

  • 1Massachusetts (in official postal use).

  • 2Master of Arts.

    ‘David Jones, MA’
    degree holder, person with a degree
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  • 3Psychology
    Mental age.

  • 4Military Academy.

Pronunciation

MA

/ˌɛm ˈeɪ//ˌem ˈā/