mammy

Definitions

  • THE MAMMY ALLIGATOR
    THE MAMMY ALLIGATOR
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mammy informal terms for a mother
    • n mammy an offensive term for a Black nursemaid in the southern U.S.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eleanor Roosevelt wrote David O. Selznick to ask that her maid, Lizzy McDuffy, be considered for the role of Mammy in Gone With the Wind.
    • n mammy A child's name for mamma, mother.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: While seeking a name and package design for the world's first self-rising pancake mix, creator Chris L. Rutt saw a vaudeville team known as Baker and Farrell whose act included Baker singing the catchy song "Aunt Jemima" dressed as a Southern mammy. Inspired by the wholesome name and image, Rutt appropriated them both to market his new pancake mix.
    • n mammy Mother; mama: a childish word.
    • n mammy Hence In the southern United States, especially during the existence of slavery, a colored female nurse; a colored woman having the care of white children, who often continue to call her mammy after they are grown up.
    • n mammy Same as stone-lugger, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mammy mother
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Mama, a repetition of ma, the first syllable a child naturally utters.

Usage

In literature:

He hears Mammy's prayers, dat great comfort.
"The African Trader" by W. H. G. Kingston
Mammy Gobo was no respecter of persons, and I was glad to find that she attended on Tom with as much care as she had done on me.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
Mammy will supply you with food, which your black fellow can cook, with her assistance.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
We repaired at once to Mammy Custard's, and had not been there long before Mr Talboys made his appearance.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
When I git to Mammy den me and Mammy set off to ourself's and taste it till it done all gone.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
At last Mammy Crissobella became quite furious.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
Mammy Belle was of the type fast disappearing.
"The Pleasant Street Partnership" by Mary F. Leonard
Go home to yer mammy.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Julius, Shirley, Isham, Scipio, Mammy, and the rest of you, there are hard times coming!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Tell Mammy what brecken' yo' heart, honey-chile.
"Peggy Stewart at School" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
So you see, Anton, Mammy's rhyme is right.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
Mammy was a house gal and she said dey treated her right good.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
I asked 'em to come, mammy.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
Fareweel, Glenfeoch, my mammy and my daddie, O!
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Go on wid yo book, honey; Mammy ain't goin' 'sturb you no mo.
"Plantation Sketches" by Margaret Devereux
He's come here, that wot he has, to draw this 'ere Mammy Sauerkraut's Row, because it's interestin'.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
Mammy Beckie wuz my gran'mammy an' she toted de keys to de pantry an' smoke house, an' her word went wid Marse John an' Mis' Annie.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
I am only standing the present one till Mammy comes.
"Mam' Lyddy's Recognition" by Thomas Nelson Page
My old mammy used to say that the Boones were born wolves.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
Roderick was passing the Manse one day when Mammy Viney hailed him.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
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In poetry:

'Has she been to kirk wi' thee,
My boy Tammy?'
'She has been to kirk wi' me,
And the tear was in her ee,--
But O! she's but a young thing
Just come frae her mammy.'
"The Lammie" by Hector MacNeill
"Has she been to kirk wi' thee,
My boy, Tammy?"
"She has been to kirk wi' me,
And the tear was in her e'e;
But, oh! she 's but a young thing,
Just come frae her mammy."
"My Boy, Tammy" by Hector MacNeill
'What said ye to the bonie bairn,
My boy Tammy?'
'I prais'd her een, sae lovely blue,
Her dimpled cheek, and cherry mou;--
I pree'd if aft as ye may true!--
She said, she'd tell her mammy.
"The Lammie" by Hector MacNeill
"What said ye to the bonnie bairn,
My boy, Tammy?"
"I praised her een, sae bonny blue,
Her dimpled cheek, and cherry mou';
I pree'd it aft, as ye may true;--
She said she 'd tell her mammy.
"My Boy, Tammy" by Hector MacNeill
I winna gang back to my mammy again,
I 'll never gae back to my mammy again;
I 've held by her apron these aught years an' ten,
But I 'll never gang back to my mammy again.
I 've held by her apron, &c.
"I Winna Gang Back To My Mammy Again" by Richard Gall
'Whar hae ye been a' day, my boy Tammy?
Whar hae ye been a' day, my boy Tammy?'
'I've been by burn and flowery brae,
Meadow green, and mountain grey,
Courting o' this young thing,
Just come frae her mammy.'
"The Lammie" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman vs Mammy Louise and Safreeta.
A struggling black business woman is suing Mammy Louise and her daughter Safreeta Mae because their stereotypes impede her progress.
For many, especially black people who see in her a mockery of our own grandmothers, Tyler Perry's Madea is little more than a mammy — an insult to the matriarchal community figure that Perry claims to celebrate.
Try out your acting potential, and audition for The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman vs Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae.
Ruby Mae Bailey Layman (Mammy), age 85, of Kodak, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, June 12, 2011.
My dear Mammy and Pappy had to drive me to the radio station.
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Mammie F Ellithorp Childress, 95, of Maysville passed away Sept 14, 2012 at the Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur.
Beltane Ranch: From 'Dusty Place' to ' Mammy 's Place.
His 1956 book 'The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South' rejected the mythology that inspired such stereotypes as the benevolent plantation owner and the smiling black mammy.
Mammy, my grandmother, agonized over the killing and the dying.
Services for Cora Mammie "Mae" Bass are at 2 pm, Saturday, Dec.1, 2012 at Healing Temple Church.
She was born Jan 9, 1924, at Arjay, and was the daughter of the late Arbra and Mammie Mullins McPherson.
"Outwit the Hairy Man three times and he won't scare you ever again," says Mammy.
She is employed by Mammy's Cupboard in Natchez.
Wiley is played by JT Snow and Mammy is played by Deidre Cochran in Wiley and the Hairy Man at Lexington Children's Theatre.
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