mama's boy

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mama's boy

A boy or man who is particularly close with his mother to the point of being overly dependent on her. Lynn dumped Mark because he was such a mama's boy and always ran to her to fix his problems.
See also: boy

mama's boy

A sissy, especially a boy or man excessively attached to his mother. For example, The children called Tom a mama's boy because he ran home with every little problem. This sexist expression has survived despite its pejorative tone. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
See also: boy
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I used to get rattled every time a woman would say to me: "I can tell you're a mama's boy. Aren't you?
We have never fought this assault on the nature of our relationship with our mamas, even though we know in reality it's impossible not to be a mama's boy.
But instead of saying, "Yeah, I'm a mama's boy and proud of it," like a woman would say if she was called a "daddy's girl," men have let the negative connotation associated with the term "mama's boy" manifest itself and snowball out of control.
But for all other self-respecting mama's boys, I will take it upon myself to be there every time and anywhere the question, "You're a mama's boy, aren't you?
There's nothing wrong with being a mama's boy. That's how author Keith Michael Brown and the 36 black men he interviewed for his book Sacred Bond: Black Men and Their Mothers feel anyway.