- a person who attends to the welfare of others, especially one who is fussily protective.
Origin of mother hen
First recorded in 1950–55
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Examples from the Web for mother hen
We could crawl under the bars easily; but mother-hen could not.
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.The Standard Galleries - Holland
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