U.S. EnglishShow more Formed by analogy with U.S. English sugar daddy.
In urban (usually township) English: a wealthy middle-aged (white) woman who spends money freely on a younger man in return for his companionship or intimacy.
1986W. Schärf et al. inBurman & ReynoldsGrowing Up 279In June 1984..there was a lot more talk among the boys about ‘bunnies’ (white men) and ‘sugarmummies’ (white women) than occurred a year later. This is partially attributable to the international AIDS scare.
1992M. Mthethwa inPace Sept. 74Joe’s taste in women varies — from sugar mummies (elderly women who keep toyboys for sexual pleasure and shower them with money and expensive gifts in return) to ‘16 Valves’ — sexy schoolgirls.
1993J. LenakeInformant, Pretoria‘Sugarmummy’ is used because many men die early and women have relationships with younger men.
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