mother


1moth·er

noun \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

transitive 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

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

1548

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: circa 1828

moth·er

noun \ˈth-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MOTHER

: a female parent

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