mammy

noun
mam·​my | \ˈma-mē \
plural mammies

Definition of mammy 

1 : mama

2 : a black woman serving as a nurse to white children especially formerly in the southern U.S.

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Synonyms for mammy

Synonyms

ma, mama (also mamma), mater [chiefly British], mom, mommy, mother, old lady

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Examples of mammy in a Sentence

the toddler clung to her mammy and eyed the strangers fearfully

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Violent, upsetting and misleading grindhouse documentaries designed to repulse our moral sense and send us home shaken, primed to become good Catholic child soldiers who would protect defenceless wee babbies from their own mammies. Graham Linehan, Time, "What My Wife’s Abortion Taught Me About Why Men Should Stand With Women in the Ireland Referendum," 25 May 2018 The sculpture is forty tons of sugar molded into a ghostly white apparition, part mammy, part sphinx. Longreads, "Kara Walker’s Subtlety," 28 Feb. 2018 Aunt Jemima, mammies, and lots of other black collectibles are highly sought after, as is Americana collectibles with white characters. Angela Helm, The Root, "Is This Historical Sign Racist or Just Part of American History?," 16 Dec. 2017 Shopping Cart icon Buy Photo Standing before a class of Camden teens recently, composer Hannibal Lokumbe held up two small figurines, grotesques of another era: a mammy and its male counterpart. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "New from Hannibal: Fanfare for the Common Good," 12 June 2017 The actors mill about the stage wearing mammy costumes or blackface. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Zadie Smith Takes on Black Pain With a Light Touch," 28 June 2017 Shopping Cart icon Buy Photo Standing before a class of Camden teens recently, composer Hannibal Lokumbe held up two small figurines, grotesques of another era: a mammy and its male counterpart. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "New from Hannibal: Fanfare for the Common Good," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of mammy

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mammy

alteration of mamma

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The first known use of mammy was in 1523

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