Meaning of mamak in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmamak/


South East Asian
  • 1A person of Tamil Muslim origin or descent living in Malaysia or Singapore.

    • ‘a number of mamaks in Malaysia are business owners’
  • 2A street stall or restaurant selling Tamil Muslim food.

    • ‘we made our way to the nearest mamak and had our dinner’


  • Relating to or characteristic of Tamil Muslims in Malaysia and Singapore, especially with reference to their cuisine.

    • ‘mamak restaurants serve affordable food at all hours’


Malay, ‘maternal uncle’ or ‘elder brother’, from Tamil māmā ‘maternal uncle’.