MEANING: noun: A carping critic.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin Momus, from Greek Momos, the god of censure and ridicule in Greek mythology. He was expelled from Mount Olympus for mocking other gods. In Greek, the word momos literally means blame or ridicule. Earliest documented use: 1563.

EOMUS - an extinct giant mouse, almost as big as a horse

MOMES - bipedal, flower-like armless creatures with googly eyes and fuzzy hair on their heads; visible only through a looking glass using a disney lens

MOMPS - a viral illness affecting your mother's salivary glands, often precipitating great disruption in the household