Word family noun mother motherhood mothering adjective motherly motherless verb mother
From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmothermoth‧er1 /ˈmʌðə $ -ər/ ●●● S1 W1 noun [countable] 1 MOTHERa female parent of a child or animal His mother and father are both doctors.mother of two/three etc (=mother of two/three etc children) Janet is a full-time teacher and a mother of two. the relationship between mother and child Goodnight, Mother. Mother said they’d met at university. If food is scarce, the mother will feed the smaller, weaker chicks.mother cat/bird/hen etc (=an animal that is a mother)2 be (like) a mother to somebody3 like a mother hen4 learn/be taught something at your mother’s knee5 the mother of something6 spoken especially American EnglishBIG something very large and usually very good a real mother of a car7 American English taboo spokenINSULTDON'T LIKE motherfucker8 MotherTHESAURUSmother a female parentMy mother and father are both teachers.mum British English informal, mom American English informal used when talking to your father, or about someone’s fatherMy mum and dad won’t mind if you want to stay the night.Mom, where’s my sweater?mummy British English, mommy American English a name for mother, which is used especially by young children or when you are talking to young childrenWhere’s Mummy, Abbie?ma American English old-fashioned used when talking to your mother, or about someone’s motherMa stirred the soup on the stove.mama old-fashioned used when talking to your mother, or about someone’s motherMama seldom disagreed with Papa.stepmother (also stepmum British English informal, stepmom American English informal) a woman who is married to your father, who is not your mother but often acts as your parentthe wicked stepmother in fairy stories
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motherMother just loved crossword puzzles.a mother hen and her chicksLike most mothers, I always feel anxious when my children come home late.My mother and father are both teachers.My mother says I have to be home by 9 o'clock.The 29-year-old mother of two was attacked while walking her dog in woods near her home.a real mother of a carAs a single mother, Linda relies on state benefits which are nowhere near enough.
MotherMotherRRCused to address the woman who is in charge of a convent mothermothermother2 verb [transitive] MOTHERto look after and protect someone as if you were their mother, especially by being too kind and doing everything for them I don’t like being mothered!→ See Verb table
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motherFair enough-invention had been successfully mothered again by NECessity.She mothered all of them in a way that Jennie could not now she was becoming more erratic.But why discuss mothering alone in a book about redefining motherhood?Brenda just tries to mother everyone.A new kind of mothering exists between these two extremes, at the locus of self.In such societies girls learn mothering from their earliest years, usually by mothering their brothers and sisters.
Origin mother1 Old English modor