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nounEnglish Regional, East Anglian
A girl or young woman.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Promptorium Parvulorum. Origin uncertain; perhaps originally a variant of mother, with early shortening of Old English and Middle English long close ō (attested by spellings with modd-) and subsequent relengthening. A contracted form is common, chiefly in vocative use, in East Anglia.
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