Dictionary

1mother

noun moth·er \ˈmə-thər\

Definition of MOTHER

1
a :  a female parent
b (1) :  a woman in authority; specifically :  the superior of a religious community of women
(2) :  an old or elderly woman
2
:  source, origin <necessity is the mother of invention>
3
:  maternal tenderness or affection
4
[short for motherfucker] sometimes vulgar :  motherfucker
5
:  something that is an extreme or ultimate example of its kind especially in terms of scale <the mother of all construction projects>
moth·er·hood \-ˌhd\ noun
moth·er·less \-ləs\ adjective
moth·er·less·ness noun

Origin of MOTHER

Middle English moder, from Old English mōdor; akin to Old High German muoter mother, Latin mater, Greek mētēr, Sanskrit mātṛ
First Known Use: before 12th century

2mother

adjective

Definition of MOTHER

1
a :  of, relating to, or being a mother
b :  bearing the relation of a mother
2
:  derived from or as if from one's mother
3
:  acting as or providing parental stock —used without reference to sex

Examples of MOTHER

  1. <she often offered to babysit for friends, hoping to satisfy her mother urges until she had children of her own>

First Known Use of MOTHER

13th century

Rhymes with MOTHER

3mother

verb

: to give birth to (a child)

: to be or act as mother to (someone) : to care for or protect (someone) like a mother

moth·eredmoth·er·ing \ˈmə-thə-riŋ, ˈth-riŋ\

Full Definition of MOTHER

transitive verb
1
a :  to give birth to
b :  to give rise to :  produce
2
:  to care for or protect like a mother

Examples of MOTHER

  1. She mothered two sons but no daughters.
  2. <I hope to mother at least one child.>

First Known Use of MOTHER

15th century

Related to MOTHER

Other Embryology Terms

gravid, neonate, ontogeny, parturition

4mother

noun

Definition of MOTHER

Origin of MOTHER

archaic mother dregs, lees; akin to Middle Dutch moeder dregs
First Known Use: 1682
MOTHERED Defined for Kids

1mother

noun moth·er \ˈmə-thər\

Definition of MOTHER for Kids

1
:  a female parent
2
:  a nun in charge of a convent
3
:  1cause 1, origin <Necessity is the mother of invention.>
moth·er·hood \-ˌhd\ noun
moth·er·less \-ləs\ adjective

2mother

adjective

Definition of MOTHER for Kids

1
:  of or having to do with a mother <mother love>
2
:  being in a relation suggesting that of a mother to others <our mother country>

3mother

verb
moth·eredmoth·er·ing

Definition of MOTHER for Kids

:  to be or act as a mother to
Medical Dictionary

mother

noun moth·er \ˈth-ər\

Medical Definition of MOTHER

:  a female parent

Browse

2 ENTRIES FOUND:
Next Word in the Dictionary: motherboardPrevious Word in the Dictionary: moth–eatenAll Words Near: mother
July 05, 2015
bunkum Hear it
insincere or foolish talk
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears