[ muhth-er ]
/ ˈmʌð ər /
a female parent.
(often initial capital letter) one's female parent.
a mother-in-law, stepmother, or adoptive mother.
a term of address for a female parent or a woman having or regarded as having the status, function, or authority of a female parent.
a term of familiar address for an old or elderly woman.
a woman exercising control, influence, or authority like that of a mother: to be a mother to someone.
the qualities characteristic of a mother, as maternal affection: It is the mother in her showing itself.
something or someone that gives rise to or exercises protecting care over something else; origin or source.
(in disc recording) a mold from which stampers are made.
being a mother: a mother bird.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a mother: mother love.
derived from or as if from one's mother; native: his mother culture.
bearing a relation like that of a mother, as in being the origin, source, or protector: the mother company and its affiliates; the mother computer and its network of terminals.
verb (used with object)
to be the mother of; give origin or rise to.
to acknowledge oneself the author of; assume as one's own.
to care for or protect like a mother; act maternally toward.
verb (used without object)
to perform the tasks or duties of a female parent; act maternally: a woman with a need to mother.
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Idioms for mother
mother of all, the greatest or most notable example of: the mother of all mystery novels.
Origin of mother1
before 900; Middle English mother, moder, Old English mōdor; cognate with Dutch moeder, German Mutter, Old Norse mōthir, Latin māter, Greek mḗtēr, Sanskrit mātar-. As in father, th was substituted for d, possibly on the model of brother
OTHER WORDS FROM mothermoth·er·less, adjectivemoth·er·less·ness, nounun·moth·ered, adjective
Words nearby mother
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British Dictionary definitions for mother of all (1 of 2)
/ (ˈmʌðə) /
- a female who has given birth to offspring
- (as modifier)a mother bird
(often capital, esp as a term of address) a person's own mother
a female substituting in the function of a mother
(often capital) mainly archaic a term of address for an old woman
- motherly qualities, such as maternal affectionit appealed to the mother in her
- (as modifier)mother love
- (in combination)mothercraft
- a female or thing that creates, nurtures, protects, etc, something
- (as modifier)mother church; mother earth
a title given to certain members of female religious ordersmother superior
Christian Science God as the eternal Principle
(modifier) native or innatemother wit
offensive, taboo, slang, mainly US short for motherfucker offensive
be mother to pour the teaI'll be mother
the mother of all … informal the greatest example of its kindthe mother of all parties
to give birth to or produce
to nurture, protect, etc as a mother
Other words from motherRelated adjective: maternal
Derived forms of mothermothering, noun
Word Origin for mother
Old English mōdor; compare Old Saxon mōdar, Old High German muotar, Latin māter, Greek mētēr
British Dictionary definitions for mother of all (2 of 2)
/ (ˈmʌðə) /
a stringy slime containing various bacteria that forms on the surface of liquids undergoing acetous fermentation. It can be added to wine, cider, etc to promote vinegar formationAlso called: mother of vinegar
Derived forms of mothermothery, adjective
Word Origin for mother
C16: perhaps from mother 1, but compare Spanish madre scum, Dutch modder dregs, Middle Low German modder decaying object, mudde sludge
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Medical definitions for mother of all
[ mŭð′ər ]
A woman who conceives, gives birth to, or raises and nurtures a child.
A female parent of an animal.
A structure, such as a mother cell, from which other similar bodies are formed.
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Idioms and Phrases with mother of all
In addition to the idiom beginning with mother
- mother of
- necessity is the mother of invention
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