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mum

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adjective \ˈməm\

Examples of mum in a sentence

  1. I'd like to know how much they paid, but they've been mum on that subject.

  2. <kept mum about the surprise bridal shower>

Origin and Etymology of mum

Middle English mom, momme, probably imitative of a sound made with closed lips


First Known Use: 14th century


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mum

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Definition of mum

mummed

mumming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to perform in a pantomime

  3. 2 :  to go about merrymaking in disguise during festivals

Origin and Etymology of mum

Middle English mommen, to mumble, perform (a mummer's play), probably in part from mom, in part from Middle French momer to go masked


First Known Use: 1530


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mum

noun

Definition of mum

  1. :  a strong ale or beer

Origin and Etymology of mum

German Mumme


First Known Use: 1640


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mum

Definition of mum

  1. chiefly British variant of mom


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mum

noun

Definition of mum

1917

First Known Use of mum

1917

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MUM Defined for English Language Learners

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mum

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adjective \ˈməm\

Definition of mum for English Language Learners

  • : not talking about something


MUM Defined for Kids

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mum

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adjective \ˈməm\

Definition of mum for Students

  1. :  silent 4 <Keep mum about the surprise party.>


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mum

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Definition of mum for Students

  1. chiefly British variant of mom



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