Definition of mammy
1 : mama
2 : a black woman serving as a nurse to white children especially formerly in the southern U.S.
Examples of mammy in a Sentence
the toddler clung to her mammy and eyed the strangers fearfully
Recent Examples of mammy from the Web
The actors mill about the stage wearing mammy costumes or blackface.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of mammy
alteration of mamma
First Known Use: 1523See Words from the same year
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