mother hen

noun

Definition of mother hen

: a person who assumes an overly protective maternal attitude

Examples of mother hen in a Sentence

a football coach who fusses over his players like a mother hen
Recent Examples on the Web Ruth Gemmell will play Lady Violet Bridgerton, the mother hen of all the Bridgerton children. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "'Bridgerton,' Shonda Rhimes' Netflix Show: Everything We Know," 13 Nov. 2020 Ruth Gemmell will play Lady Violet Bridgerton, the mother hen of all the Bridgerton children. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "'Bridgerton,' Shonda Rhimes' Netflix Show: Everything We Know," 13 Nov. 2020 Ruth Gemmell will play Lady Violet Bridgerton, the mother hen of all the Bridgerton children. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "'Bridgerton,' Shonda Rhimes' Netflix Show: Everything We Know," 13 Nov. 2020 Ruth Gemmell will play Lady Violet Bridgerton, the mother hen of all the Bridgerton children. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "'Bridgerton,' Shonda Rhimes' Netflix Show: Everything We Know," 13 Nov. 2020 Ruth Gemmell will play Lady Violet Bridgerton, the mother hen of all the Bridgerton children. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "'Bridgerton,' Shonda Rhimes' Netflix Show: Everything We Know," 13 Nov. 2020 Ruth Gemmell will play Lady Violet Bridgerton, the mother hen of all the Bridgerton children. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "'Bridgerton,' Shonda Rhimes' Netflix Show: Everything We Know," 13 Nov. 2020 Ruth Gemmell will play Lady Violet Bridgerton, the mother hen of all the Bridgerton children. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "'Bridgerton,' Shonda Rhimes' Netflix Show: Everything We Know," 13 Nov. 2020 Ruth Gemmell will play Lady Violet Bridgerton, the mother hen of all the Bridgerton children. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "'Bridgerton,' Shonda Rhimes' Netflix Show: Everything We Know," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of mother hen

1952, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jan 2021

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“Mother hen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mother%20hen. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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mother hen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mother hen

: a person who worries about, cares for, or watches over other people in a way that is annoying or unwanted

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