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 Cosmetology instructor Ramona Hasan watched over the students like a loving mother hen. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 28 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, life goes on: a mother hen and her chicks walk into and out of the clinic; a doctor teaches his staff to meditate. The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 The chicks quickly overrun the house and Lucy pretends to be the mother hen to help herd the animals, just in time for Ricky’s arrival home. Lillian Brown, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 Taking her motherly role seriously, Frances Garza gave explicit instructions to have her ashes placed in a statue of a mother hen guarding her baby chicks. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Mar. 2021 Ruth Gemmell will play Lady Violet Bridgerton, the mother hen of all the Bridgerton children. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, 13 Nov. 2020 Ruth Gemmell will play Lady Violet Bridgerton, the mother hen of all the Bridgerton children. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, 13 Nov. 2020 Ruth Gemmell will play Lady Violet Bridgerton, the mother hen of all the Bridgerton children. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, 13 Nov. 2020 Ruth Gemmell will play Lady Violet Bridgerton, the mother hen of all the Bridgerton children. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, 13 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of mother hen

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Mother hen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mother%20hen. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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