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mother hen

  1. a person who attends to the welfare of others, especially one who is fussily protective.
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Origin of mother hen

First recorded in 1950–55
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for mother hen

Historical Examples

  • We could crawl under the bars easily; but mother-hen could not.

    The Nursery, February 1873, Vol. XIII.


  • Presently the mother-hen, turning round, happened to spy him.

  • Hondecoeter gives us here a mother-hen, who could face the Madonna of the Chair.

  • But though her child was none the worse, the mother-hen began to batter and beat poor Gip as if he had maimed it for life.

  • The mother-hen, albeit she had been scolding a moment previous, now flew into hysterics at the threatened kidnapping of her chick.

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy