Mother Hubbard

[ huhb-erd ]
/ ˈhʌb ərd /


a full, loose gown, usually fitted at the shoulders, worn by women.
a character in a nursery rhyme.



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Example sentences 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.

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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
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