Mother Hubbard

[ huhb-erd ]
/ ˈhʌb ərd /


a full, loose gown, usually fitted at the shoulders, worn by women.
a character in a nursery rhyme. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mother hubbard

  • Certainly it is not the loose and ungainly Mother-Hubbard gowns which are still the style of the native maiden.

    The Pacific Triangle|Sydney Greenbie
  • She was dressed in a shabby Mother-Hubbard gown and her feet were bare.

    The Pacific Triangle|Sydney Greenbie

British Dictionary definitions for mother hubbard

Mother Hubbard

/ (ˈhʌbəd) /


(sometimes not capitals) a woman's full-length unbelted dress

Word Origin for Mother Hubbard

C19: after Mother Hubbard, a character in a nursery rhyme
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mother hubbard

Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard, nursery rhyme, was printed 1805, written by Sarah Catherine Martin (1768-1826) but based on earlier material of unknown origin (the name is attested from 1591).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper