- mothering sunday,
- mothers' day
Origin of mothering
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of mother1
Examples from the Web for mothering
They are now raising a 5-year-old boy who Jennifer is incapable of mothering.California Police Ignored, Mishandled Sex Assaults Reported by Disabled|Ryan Gabrielson|November 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But the problem, says Badinter, is how those values have changed—morphing into a style of mothering she calls “crushing.”Elisabeth Badinter’s ‘The Conflict’: Does Modern Motherhood Undermine Women?|Jessica Bennett|April 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And then, of course, there was poor Hester Prynne—branded with a scarlet letter for mothering a child with another man.
Katie continued to blog in excruciating detail, chronicling the worst parenting experience of them all—mothering a dying child.
If it was never proven that she came of gentlefolks, Laurent Giffard would hardly consent to his wife's mothering her.A Little Girl in Old Quebec|Amanda Millie Douglas
The mothering of a lion cub has its disadvantages, and thereafter her milk of human kindness overflowed no more.The Song of the Wolf|Frank Mayer
In Gloucestershire simnel cakes are still common; and at Usk, Monmouth, the custom of mothering is still scrupulously observed.
Children away from home write to their parents on Mothering Sunday if unable to get home.Weather and Folk Lore of Peterborough and District|Charles Dack
He was now well able to take care of himself, although Stella insisted in "mothering" him when she was in camp.Ted Strong's Motor Car|Edward C. Taylor
- a female who has given birth to offspring
- (as modifier)a mother bird
- motherly qualities, such as maternal affectionit appealed to the mother in her
- (as modifier)mother love
- (in combination)mothercraft
- a female or thing that creates, nurtures, protects, etc, something
- (as modifier)mother church; mother earth
Word Origin for mother
Word Origin for mother
Old English modor "female parent," from Proto-Germanic *mothær (cf. Old Saxon modar, Old Frisian moder, Old Norse moðir, Danish moder, Dutch moeder, Old High German muoter, German Mutter), from PIE *mater- "mother" (cf. Latin mater, Old Irish mathir, Lithuanian mote, Sanskrit matar-, Greek meter, Old Church Slavonic mati), "[b]ased ultimately on the baby-talk form *mā- (2); with the kinship term suffix *-ter-" [Watkins]. Spelling with -th- dates from early 16c., though that pronunciation is probably older.
Mother nature first attested c.1600; mother earth is from 1580s. Mother tongue "one's native language" first attested late 14c. Mother of all ________ 1991, is Gulf War slang, from Saddam Hussein's use in reference to the coming battle; it is an Arabic idiom (as well as an English one), cf. Ayesha, second wife of Muhammad, known as Mother of Believers. Mother Carey's chickens is late 18c. sailors' nickname for storm petrels, or for snowflakes. Mother lode attested by c.1882, from mining .
1540s, "to be the mother of," from mother (n.1). Meaning "to take care of" is from 1863. Related: Mothered; mothering.
"a thick substance concreting in liquors; the lees or scum concreted" [Johnson], probably from Middle Dutch modder "filth, dregs," from PIE *meu- (see mud).
In addition to the idiom beginning with mother
- mother of
- necessity is the mother of invention