mother hen

noun
|Updated on: 26 Jun 2018

Definition of mother hen

: a person who assumes an overly protective maternal attitude

Examples of mother hen in a Sentence

  1. a football coach who fusses over his players like a mother hen

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First Known Use of mother hen

1952

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MOTHER HEN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of mother hen for English Language Learners

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


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