Meaning of mumsy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmʌmzi/


informal British
  • Giving an impression of dull domesticity; dowdy or unfashionable.

    • ‘she wore a big mumsy dress’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Travelling north to Edinburgh last weekend, I got talking to the rather mumsy woman sitting next to me.’
    • ‘At 60, she has lost two stone and is now trying to shed her mumsy image by piling on a new hip leather and denim wardrobe.’
    • ‘A short, mumsy woman in the front row stood up and waved her ticket.’
    • ‘Earnest, puffy gents and determinedly mumsy women are pledging to deliver the earth.’
    • ‘She was wonderful as a mum to wild geniuses - she was very mumsy with Bobby and took him under her wing.’
    • ‘But apart from the tapas bar on the top floor, this was a disappointment - unless you have a penchant for overpriced, mumsy clothes and twee ornaments, don't bother including it on your itinerary.’
    • ‘She was always dressed all plain and mumsy and neat and starched, and that could just drive me crazy sometimes.’
    • ‘How do you keep yourself covered without looking mumsy?’
    • ‘Vera is a kindly, mumsy, capable woman, the heart of her small family and secretly ‘helping out girls in trouble’ on the side.’
    • ‘In fact, they are charming, without being mumsy, and cute, without being showy-off.’
    • ‘But there are a couple of, perhaps too mumsy, reasons people keep watching.’
    • ‘Detoxing has transformed the TV star from mumsy mathematician to sex siren in a few short years.’
    unfashionable, frumpish, frumpy, drab, dull, old-fashioned, outmoded, out of style, not smart, inelegant, badly dressed, ill-dressed, shabby, scruffy, faded, untidy, dingy, frowzy


informal, mainly humorous British usually as name
  • One's mother.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because you didn't need me around, didn't need me to take over for you, everything was peachy with just you and mumsy.’


Late 19th century humorous variant of mummy.