nounSouth 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’.