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Mother Hubbard

[huhb-erd] /ˈhʌb ərd/
noun
1.
a full, loose gown, usually fitted at the shoulders, worn by women.
2.
a character in a nursery rhyme.
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  • Sue heard one or two people say, "Look at little Mother Hubbard."

    Sue, A Little Heroine

    L. T. Meade
  • "I'll take you," said Mother Hubbard, putting her handkerchief to her face.

    Prudy Keeping House

    Sophie May
  • "You poor dear girl," said Mother Hubbard, going up to her, and taking her hand.

    Prudy Keeping House

    Sophie May
  • Mother Hubbard began to look about her with the mien of a housekeeper.

    Prudy Keeping House

    Sophie May
  • "Only there isn't any coffee," said Mother Hubbard, going to the cupboard.

    Prudy Keeping House

    Sophie May
  • I'm afraid Mother Hubbard will charge me full price for your board.

    Prudy Keeping House

    Sophie May
  • Mother Hubbard had never dreamed a boarder could be so disagreeable.

    Prudy Keeping House

    Sophie May
  • Mother Hubbard was heated, and tired, and hungry, and cross.

    Prudy Keeping House

    Sophie May
  • "You'll have to excuse the biscuit," said Mother Hubbard, nervously.

    Prudy Keeping House

    Sophie May
British Dictionary definitions for Mother Hubbard

Mother Hubbard

/ˈhʌbəd/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capitals) a woman's full-length unbelted dress
Word Origin
C19: after Mother Hubbard, a character in a nursery rhyme
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Word Origin and History for Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard, nursery rhyme, was printed 1805, written by Sarah Catherine Martin (1768-1826) but based on earlier material of unknown origin (the name is attested from 1591).

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