Definitions for mummyˈmʌm i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mum•myˈmʌm i(n.)(pl.)-mies

  1. (n.)the dead body of a human being or animal preserved by the ancient Egyptian process or some similar method of embalming.

  2. a dead body dried and preserved by nature.

  3. a withered living being.

  4. (v.t.)to mummify.

Origin of mummy:

1605–15; < ML mummia < Ar mūmiyah mummy, lit., bitumen < Pers mūm wax

mum•my*ˈmʌm i(n.)(pl.)-mies.

  1. Ref: mother1 1

* Chiefly Brit..

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ma, mama, mamma, mom, momma, mommy, mammy, mum, mummy(noun)

    informal terms for a mother

  2. mummy(noun)

    a body embalmed and dried and wrapped for burial (as in ancient Egypt)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mummy(noun)ˈmʌm i


    Mummy, can we go home now?

  2. mummyˈmʌm i

    a body from ancient Egypt preserved and wrapped in cloth

    mummies found in the tomb


  1. Mummy(ProperNoun)

    One's mother

    I prefer Mummy when she doesn't shout at me.

  2. Origin: From mumie, from momie, from mumia, from مومياء, from مومیا, from موم.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mummy(noun)

    a dead body embalmed and dried after the manner of the ancient Egyptians; also, a body preserved, by any means, in a dry state, from the process of putrefaction

  2. Mummy(noun)

    dried flesh of a mummy

  3. Mummy(noun)

    a gummy liquor that exudes from embalmed flesh when heated; -- formerly supposed to have magical and medicinal properties

  4. Mummy(noun)

    a brown color obtained from bitumen. See Mummy brown (below)

  5. Mummy(noun)

    a sort of wax used in grafting, etc

  6. Mummy(noun)

    one whose affections and energies are withered

  7. Mummy(verb)

    to embalm; to mummify


  1. Mummy

    A mummy is a human or animal whose skin and organs have been preserved by either intentional or incidental exposure to chemicals, extreme cold, very low humidity, or lack of air when bodies are submerged in bogs, so that the recovered body will not decay further if kept in cool and dry conditions. Some authorities restrict the use of the term to bodies deliberately embalmed with chemicals, but the use of the word to cover accidentally desiccated bodies goes back at least to the 1730s. Mummies of humans and other animals have been found all around the world, both as a result of natural preservation through unusual conditions, and as cultural artifacts. Over one million animal mummies have been found in Egypt, many of which are cats. The oldest known naturally mummified human corpse is a severed head dated as 6,000 years old, found in 1936 at the site named Inca Cueva No. 4 in South America. In addition to the well-known mummies of Ancient Egypt, deliberate mummification was a feature of several ancient cultures in areas of South America and Asia which have very dry climates. There are more than 1000 mummies in Xinjiang, China. The oldest-known deliberate mummy is a child, one of the Chinchorro mummies found in the Camarones Valley, Chile, and dates from around 5050 BC.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. mummy

    1. An unobjectionable party whose motives are not questioned. 2. One who is not in business for his health. 3. Any one who does not advertise.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mummy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #545

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mummy' in Nouns Frequency: #1506

Translations for mummy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a child's name for his or her mother

Goodbye, Mum(my)!; Where's your mum(my), John?

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