What’s the meaning of the funny-sounding word mammone in Italian? Read on to find out how to pronounce this word along with some example sentences.
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What does mammone mean in Italian?
Mammone is the Italian translation for mama’s boy. It describes someone, often a man, who is excessively attached to their mother and tends to rely on her for everything. A mammone often lives with his mother well into adult age. For this reason, it has a pretty negative connotation.
How do you pronounce it?
The pronunciation of mammone in Italian is similar to mahm-MOH-neh. Mammone comes from the Italian word mamma, which means “mom”, and the descriptive suffix -one, which means “big”. In other words, mammone literally translates as “big mom” with the meaning of “big mama’s boy”.
There is also a feminine version, mammona.
A mama’s boy
Some mama’s boys
The mama’s boy
The mama’s boys
For example, you can say:
Non fare il mammone!
Don’t be a mama’s boy!
Vittorio è proprio un mammone: ha 46 anni e vive ancora con i suoi.
Vittorio is such a mama’s boy: he is 46 years old and still lives with his parents.
Mia cugina ha un fidanzato che è proprio un mammone, non riesce a fare nulla da solo.
My cousin has a boyfriend who is such a mama’s boy, he can’t do anything on his own.
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