[ muhth-er-ing ]
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  1. the nurturing of a child by a mother or in the way that a mother does: I'm so relieved to be finally able to do the mothering of my children in my own home.

  2. the act of caring for or protecting like a mother, sometimes in an excessive way: Even though her cold wasn't better yet, she was getting tired of his mothering.

  1. (in rural England) the custom of visiting one's parents on Laetare Sunday with a present.

Origin of mothering

First recorded in 1640–50; mother1 + -ing1

Words Nearby mothering Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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