What does mum mean and who uses it?


Mum is an endearing abbreviation for "mother" in American English, a variation of the "mom" spelling and pronunciation. However, in other English-speaking countries, such as Australia and England, "mum" is the standard way to pronounce "mom" (their accents naturally pronounce the "o" as a "u" sound) and is not considered slang.

You may see or hear people use mum in various contexts, including in person, online, and in messages. For example, your brother may ask you, "You wanna go in on a gift for mum for her bday?" Or, your friend may text you, "I'm so thankful for your mum. She cared for me more than my own."


I love my mum!
She's the best!
Proud mum and dad seeing their child
Proud mum and dad seeing their child

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Updated August 14, 2023

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