how to pronounce mum


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the above transcription of mum is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

mum is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of mum in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… it wasn't that my mum was telling me …”

meanings of mum


  1. A chrysanthemum.
  2. Ma'am; a term of respect for an older woman.
  3. A sort of strong beer, originally made in Brunswick, Germany.
  4. Silence.
  5. Mother.


  1. Silent.
  2. Secret.


  1. Stop speaking!, stop talking!, hush!.


  1. To act in a pantomime or dumb show.


  1. One's mother.

mum frequency in english - A2 level of CEFR

the word mum occurs in english on average 86.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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