n. Diminutive term of endearment for a young girl.
"Sweet dreams, mameleh, I'll see you in the morning."
“When I returned to my apartment, my sofa was gone, with a note from my mother, the chutzpahooder: ‘Mamala, I know on your farshtinkener salary all you can afford is vinyl, which you I think is a leading cause of cancer. So, for you daddy and I ordered the best futon from Target – in rainbow. Enjoy, darling.” (source)
Languages of Origin
מאַמעלע mámele 'little woman'
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
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mameleh, mamale, mamele, mamala, mamalah
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