Definition of mumsy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌmzi/
British informal


Giving an impression of dull domesticity; dowdy or unfashionable: she wore a big mumsy dress
More example sentences
  • The charming mumsy woman who interviewed me on Thursday - my potential boss - said she would call me on Friday to come back in and meet the team.
  • They manage to combine a mumsy gingham - clad homeliness with rank extremism.
  • I even started dressing differently - gone was the urban chic and in came the mumsy pastels and florals acquired in the village.


[usually as name] chiefly humorous
One’s mother.
Example sentences
  • So, mumsy with baby pottering about, or family going to the zoo for the day can potentially have an easier journey on a motorway than me, or someone else, using their car to get from a to b for work?
  • I really wish my rabbit had just come up to me at some point and said, ‘I say, mumsy, I have a minor flesh wound here, would you care to escort me to the veterinarian in the swiftest manner possible?’
  • ‘Hate to break it to you but… good ole mumsy isn't here’ Luke grinned slyly.


Late 19th century: humorous variant of mummy2.

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