verb, often capitalized both Ms
\ ˈmau̇-ˌmau̇ How to pronounce mau-mau (audio) \
mau-maued; mau-mauing

Definition of mau-mau

transitive verb

: to intimidate (someone, such as an official) by hostile confrontation or threats

intransitive verb

: to engage in mau-mauing someone

First Known Use of mau-mau

1970, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for mau-mau

Mau Mau, anti-European secret society in colonial Kenya

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