mother hen

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

Origin of mother hen

First recorded in 1950–55

Words Nearby mother hen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mother hen in a sentence

  • But the mother hen determined, 'a la General Grant,' to set it out on this nest 'if it took all summer!'

    The Flag Replaced on Sumter | William A. Spicer
  • I have neglected to tell you that the mother hen is black, and struts with pompous pride above her white and octoroon subjects.

    The Flag Replaced on Sumter | William A. Spicer
  • Instead they obey the clucking of the mother hen, and "tweet" disdainfully at their haughty sire.

  • Toots' mamma sat by his side with a huge basket in her lap containing a fine old mother hen with ten little chicks.

    Toots and his Friends | Kate Tannatt Woods
  • Two players are chosen—one to be the mother hen and the other to be the fox, who is after a chicken for his meal.