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"mum" in British English

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mumnoun [C]

uk   /mʌm/ us   /mʌm/
A1 UK informal US mom a mother: I'll ask my mum if I can go. [as form of address] Happy birthday, Mum . All the mums and dads are invited to the school play at the end of the year. She loves being a mum.

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uk   /mʌm/ us   /mʌm/ informal
(Definition of mum from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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mumadjective [not gradable]

us   /mʌm/
silent in order not to tell anyone what you know: The governor is keeping mum about his plans.

mumnoun [C]

us   /mʌm/
  • mum noun [C] (FLOWER)

short form ofchrysanthemum
(Definition of mum from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “mum”
in Korean 엄마…
in Arabic أُمّ…
in Malaysian panggilan utk ibu…
in Russian мама…
in Chinese (Traditional) 媽媽…
in Italian mamma…
in Turkish anne…
in Polish mama…
in Spanish madre, mamá…
in Vietnamese mẹ…
in Portuguese mãe, mamãe…
in Thai แม่…
in Catalan mama…
in Japanese ママ(英国で母をさす言葉)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 妈妈…
in Indonesian mama…
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