noundialectBritish, East Anglian English
A girl or young woman.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Promptorium Parvulorum. Origin uncertain; perhaps originally a variant of mother, with early shortening of Old English and Middle English long close ō (attested by spellings with modd-) and subsequent relengthening. A contracted form is common, chiefly in vocative use, in East Anglia.