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mother; mama mother; mama
trad. (媽媽)
simp. (妈妈)

Etymology 1Edit

Onomatopoeic.

PronunciationEdit


Note:
  • maa1-4 maa1 - vernacular;
  • maa1 maa1 - literary.
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  • NounEdit

    媽媽

    1. (informal) mum (mom); mama
      遵守媽媽叮嚀 / 遵守妈妈叮咛  ―  zūnshǒu māma de dīngníng  ―  to follow mum's advice
      媽媽味道 / 妈妈味道  ―  māma de wèidào  ―  the taste of mum's cooking
      這麼淘氣媽媽擔心才怪 [MSC, trad.]
      这么淘气妈妈担心才怪 [MSC, simp.]
      Nǐ zhème táoqì, māma bù dānxīn cáiguài! [Pinyin]
      You are such a naughty kid. It'd be surprising if your mum were not worried.
    2. (dialectal, colloquial) breast
    SynonymsEdit
    Dialectal synonyms of 媽媽 (“mum (face-to-face)”) [map]
    Variety Location Words
    Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 母親
    Mandarin Beijing 媽媽, ,
    Taiwan 媽媽,
    Tianjin 媽媽,
    Harbin , 媽媽
    Shenyang 媽媽
    Jinan , 媽媽,
    Muping
    Luoyang , 媽兒
    Wanrong
    Wanrong (Ronghe)
    Xi'an
    Xining 阿媽, 媽媽, 姆媽
    Xuzhou 媽媽, , 大兒
    Yinchuan
    Lanzhou
    Ürümqi 媽媽, , 阿娘 Hui, 阿娘子 used with minorities
    Wuhan 姆媽, 媽媽
    Chengdu 媽媽,
    Guiyang
    Liuzhou 阿媽,
    Kunming
    Yangzhou 媽媽, 姆媽
    Nanjing , 姆媽,
    Hefei , 媽爺
    Cantonese Guangzhou 阿媽, 媽媽
    Hong Kong 媽咪, 阿媽, 媽媽
    Hong Kong (San Tin Weitou) 阿媽, 阿奶
    Taishan
    Dongguan 阿媽, 阿奶, 阿姐, 媽媽 childish, 媽咪 childish
    Yangjiang 阿媽, 阿娘
    Xinyi 阿媽
    Nanning 媽媽, 阿媽,
    Danzhou
    Kuala Lumpur 阿媽, 媽咪
    Gan Nanchang 姆媽
    Lichuan 姆媽
    Pingxiang 姆媽
    Hakka Meixian 阿姆, 阿嫲
    Xingning 阿媽
    Qujiang 阿姆
    Lianshan (Xiaosanjiang) 阿姆, 阿嬸
    Changting 姆媽, 姆娓
    Pingyu
    Wuping 姆姆, 依呀
    Liancheng
    Ninghua 姆媽
    Yudu , 媽媽,
    Ruijin 姆媽
    Shicheng 姆媽
    Shangyou
    Miaoli (N. Sixian) 阿姆
    Liudui (S. Sixian) 阿姆, 姆媽
    Hsinchu (Hailu) 阿姆
    Dongshi (Dabu) 阿姆
    Hsinchu (Raoping) 阿姆
    Yunlin (Zhao'an) 阿依
    Hong Kong 阿媽
    Sabah 阿姆
    Senai 阿媽
    Singkawang 阿姆
    Huizhou Jixi
    Jin Taiyuan
    Xinzhou 波哇, 波波呀, 呀波呀
    Min Bei Jian'ou 依呀, 媽媽
    Min Dong Fuzhou 依媽, 依奶
    Fuqing , 依奶, 媽媽, 依娜
    Matsu 依奶
    Min Nan Xiamen 阿母, 阿母仔, 母仔, 阿媽, 阿娘
    Quanzhou 阿母, 母仔, 阿娘
    Zhangzhou 阿母, 母仔, 咉奶, 嘔傴 euphemistic
    Taipei 阿母, 阿娘, 媽媽
    Kaohsiung 卡桑, 阿母仔
    Tainan 歐卡桑, 阿母, 俺娘仔, 娘嬭
    Taichung 媽媽, 阿母
    Hsinchu 媽媽, 阿娘, 阿母
    Lukang 阿母, 阿娘, 姨仔
    Sanxia 阿母, 阿娘, 姨仔
    Yilan 阿母, 阿娘
    Kinmen 俺娘仔
    Magong 阿母
    Penang 阿母, 阿媽, 媽媽,
    Singapore 阿母
    Philippines (Manila) 媽媽,
    Chaozhou 阿媽, 阿娘, 阿姈
    Shantou 阿媽
    Haifeng , 媽媽
    Johor Bahru 阿媽, 媽媽
    Haikou 阿媽, 阿姐, 阿娘 dated, 阿嫂 dated
    Leizhou , dated
    Pinghua Nanning , 阿嫂, 阿嬸, 阿媼 dated
    Wu Shanghai 媽媽, 姆媽
    Suzhou 姆媽
    Hangzhou 姆媽, 媽媽
    Wenzhou 阿媽, 阿奶,
    Chongming 姆媽
    Danyang ,
    Jinhua 姆媽
    Ningbo 阿姆, 姆媽
    Xiang Changsha 媽媽, 姆媽, 娘老子
    Shuangfeng 姆媽
    Loudi 依爺, 姆媽, 娘老子
    Dialectal synonyms of 媽媽 (“mum (non-face-to-face)”) [map]
    Variety Location Words
    Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 母親
    Mandarin Beijing 媽媽, ,
    Taiwan 媽媽,
    Tianjin 媽媽,
    Harbin , 媽媽
    Shenyang 媽媽
    Jinan , 媽媽,
    Muping
    Wanrong
    Wanrong (Ronghe)
    Xi'an
    Xining 阿媽, 媽媽, 姆媽
    Xuzhou 媽媽, , 大兒
    Yinchuan
    Lanzhou , 老媽
    Ürümqi 老娘
    Wuhan 姆媽, 媽媽, 老娘, 黎山老 slang, 孟子見 dated slang
    Chengdu 媽媽,
    Guiyang , 老媽 humorous
    Liuzhou , 阿媽, 娘老, 老媽子
    Kunming 媽媽
    Yangzhou 媽媽, 姆媽, 老娘
    Nanjing , 姆媽,
    Hefei , 媽爺
    Nantong 娘嬭
    Cantonese Guangzhou 老母
    Hong Kong 老母, 老媽子, 阿媽, 媽咪
    Hong Kong (San Tin Weitou) 老母, 阿奶
    Taishan
    Dongguan 阿媽, 阿奶, 阿姐, 老母, 老乸 Changping, 媽媽 childish, 媽咪 childish
    Yunfu 老母
    Yangjiang 阿奶
    Xinyi 老母
    Nanning , 老乸
    Kuala Lumpur 老媽子
    Gan Nanchang 姆媽,
    Lichuan , 家母
    Pingxiang 姆媽, 娘老子
    Hakka Meixian 哀仔
    Xingning 哀哩, 阿媽
    Huidong (Daling) 阿姆,
    Qujiang 哀子
    Lianshan (Xiaosanjiang) 阿姆
    Changting 哀哩
    Pingyu 哀子
    Wuping 哀哩
    Liancheng
    Ninghua 姆媽
    Ruijin , 乳子
    Shicheng
    Shangyou 姐佬
    Miaoli (N. Sixian) 哀仔
    Liudui (S. Sixian) 哀仔
    Hsinchu (Hailu) 哀仔
    Dongshi (Dabu)
    Hsinchu (Raoping) 哀仔
    Yunlin (Zhao'an)
    Hong Kong 阿姆
    Senai 吾媽
    Singkawang
    Huizhou Jixi ,
    Jin Taiyuan 媽媽,
    Xinzhou , 波波
    Min Bei Jian'ou
    Min Dong Fuzhou 娘嬭
    Fuqing 娘嬭
    Matsu 娘嬭
    Min Nan Xiamen 老母, 娘嬭, 阿娘
    Quanzhou 老母, 阿娘
    Zhangzhou 老母, 娘嬭
    Taipei 老母
    Kaohsiung 老母
    Tainan 老母
    Taichung 老母, 媽媽
    Hsinchu 老母
    Lukang 老母
    Sanxia 老母
    Yilan 老母
    Kinmen 老母, 俺母
    Magong 老母
    Penang 老母
    Singapore 老母
    Philippines (Manila) 老母
    Chaozhou 阿嬡
    Shantou ,
    Haifeng , 媽媽
    Johor Bahru 我媽
    Haikou
    Leizhou , , 尼母, 尼姨 dated
    Pinghua Nanning , 老娘, , , 阿媼 dated
    Wu Shanghai
    Suzhou , 姆媽
    Hangzhou 姆媽, 媽媽,
    Wenzhou 阿媽, 阿奶,
    Chongming
    Danyang ,
    Jinhua
    Ningbo 阿娘
    Xiang Changsha 媽媽, , 姆媽, 娘老子
    Shuangfeng 姆媽,
    Loudi 依爺, 姆媽, , 娘老子
    Dialectal synonyms of 乳房 (“breast”) [map]
    Variety Location Words
    Classical Chinese
    Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 乳房
    Mandarin Beijing 咂兒, 咂咂兒, 咂兒咂兒, 媽媽, 奶膀子, 奶子
    Taiwan 奶子, 咪咪 slang, 長輩 slang
    Tianjin 個個
    Harbin 奶子, 奶膀子, 咂兒, 咂咂兒, 媽兒媽兒
    Hailar 咂咂兒
    Ulanhot 咂兒, 奶頭, 媽媽
    Tongliao 咂兒, 奶頭
    Chifeng 乳房
    Bayanhot 高高, 奶頭
    Jinan 媽媽,
    Muping 奶子
    Luoyang
    Wanrong
    Xi'an 奶頭,
    Qingdao 奶子
    Zhengzhou
    Xining 奶頭
    Xuzhou 媽媽
    Yinchuan 高高
    Lanzhou 苶苶
    Ürümqi 奶子, 高高
    Wuhan , 媽媽,
    Chengdu 奶奶, 包子 humorous
    Guiyang 咪咪,
    Guilin
    Liuzhou
    Kunming
    Yangzhou 奶子
    Nanjing 奶兒, 奶子
    Hefei 奶頭
    Nantong 奶子
    Cantonese Guangzhou 𢆡
    Hong Kong 𢆡,
    Hong Kong (San Tin Weitou) 媽仔
    Foshan 𢆡
    Shunde 乳房
    Zhongshan (Shiqi) 𢆡
    Doumen (Shangheng Tanka) 𢆡,
    Taishan 𢆡
    Kaiping (Chikan) 𢆡
    Dongguan 𢆡,
    Shaoguan
    Yunfu 𢆡
    Yangjiang 𢆡
    Xinyi 𢆡
    Nanning
    Wuzhou
    Yulin 𢆡
    Kuala Lumpur 𢆡,
    Gan Nanchang
    Lichuan
    Pingxiang
    Hakka Meixian 乳菇
    Xingning 乳菇,
    Huidong (Daling) 乳菇,
    Qujiang
    Lianshan (Xiaosanjiang) 乳房,
    Luchuan
    Changting
    Pingyu 乳菇
    Wuping 乳菇
    Ninghua 乳菇
    Yudu
    Ruijin
    Shicheng 乳菇,
    Shangyou
    Miaoli (N. Sixian) 乳菇
    Liudui (S. Sixian) 乳菇
    Hsinchu (Hailu) 乳菇
    Dongshi (Dabu) 乳菇
    Hsinchu (Raoping) 乳菇
    Yunlin (Zhao'an)
    Hong Kong 乳菇
    Sabah
    Senai 乳菇
    Singkawang , 乳菇
    Huizhou Jixi , 奶脯
    Shexian ,
    Tunxi
    Jin Taiyuan , 奶奶
    Xinzhou , 奶奶, 奶牛, 奶牛牛
    Baochang
    Jining
    Hohhot 牛牛
    Baotou
    Dongsheng
    Linhe 奶頭
    Haibowan 奶頭
    Min Bei Jian'ou , 奶脬, 奶座
    Min Dong Fuzhou 奶奶,
    Changle 奶奶
    Fuqing 奶奶
    Yongtai
    Gutian
    Fu'an
    Ningde
    Shouning
    Zhouning
    Fuding
    Min Nan Xiamen , 奶仔
    Quanzhou , 奶仔
    Zhangzhou , 奶仔
    Taipei
    Kaohsiung
    Tainan
    Taichung
    Wuqi
    Hsinchu
    Taitung
    Lukang
    Sanxia 奶仔
    Yilan
    Kinmen
    Magong
    Penang
    Singapore , 奶仔
    Philippines (Manila) 奶仔
    Pingnan
    Chaozhou
    Shantou
    Johor Bahru
    Wenchang
    Haikou
    Puxian Min Putian
    Xianyou
    Pinghua Nanning 奶頭
    Guilin
    Wu Shanghai , 奶奶
    Suzhou 奶奶
    Hangzhou 奶奶
    Wenzhou 奶奶,
    Chongming
    Danyang 奶奶
    Jinhua , 奶窠
    Ningbo 奶奶脯, 奶脯, 奶奶
    Xiang Changsha 奶子, , 奶唧唧 childish, 唧唧 childish
    Shuangfeng 奶婆
    Xiangtan 奶痣婆
    Loudi 奶婆
    Quanzhou 奶婆,
    Derived termsEdit

    Etymology 2Edit

    For pronunciation and definitions of – see 嫲嫲 (“paternal grandmother”).
    (This term, 媽媽, is a variant form of 嫲嫲.)

    KoreanEdit

    Hanja in this term

    NounEdit

    媽媽 (mama) (hangeul 마마)

    1. Hanja form? of 마마 ((honorific) Your Majesty, His Majesty, Her Majesty).