a person who attends to the welfare of others, especially one who is fussily protective.
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How to use mother hen in a sentence
He described her then as “a mother hen who took care of everyone.”Joni Ernst's Big Pivot: From Pig Castrator to Iowa Nice | Ben Jacobs | August 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nemirovskaya, with her robust intellectual and physical presence, plays the role of chair and mother hen.
Everyone adored her, and she was a real mother hen to all three girls.The Saga of Whitney Houston’s Last Movie, ‘Sparkle’ | Howard Rosenman | February 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
“It was one of those magical moments, and Julie was our mother hen,” he said of Taymor.
The Jumbotron was set up facing Alma Mater, the crowds nestled round her like chicks round a bronze mother hen.
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.The Red Cow and Her Friends | Peter McArthur
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.Games and Play for School Morale | Various