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Muumuu

  • The modern spelling of the noun referring to the loose unbelted dress is muumuu, not moomoo, moo-moo, mumu, or mu-mu. The spelling is derived from the Hawaiian mu’umu’u, which in Hawaiian is properly pronounced moo-oomoo-oo. When the word entered English in the early 20th century, the apostrophes were dropped and the pronunciation simplified to moo-moo.

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    She may not particularly like muumuus, and she doesn’t want to be regarded as someone for whom muumuus are a reasonable choice. [New York Times]

    The flowing rayon dresses lightly take inspiration from the traditional muumuu, but are transformed into contemporary looks that are fresh and sassy. [Honolulu, Waikiki, and Oahu, Sara Benson, Scott Kennedy]

    Grandma Barb always wearing that massive teal muumuu — looks like a cross between Bea Arthur and Dame Edna and a giant leather ottoman. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    He still performs wearing a muumuu, though. [Washington Post]

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