Origin of mothering
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of mother1
Synonyms for mother
Related Words for motheringfeed, nourish, vaccinate, cradle, multiply, proliferate, inseminate, spawn, breed, propagate, hatch, create, generate, watch, tend, pamper, immunize, further, cultivate, humor
Examples from the Web for mothering
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 29, 2012
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?
April 23, 2012
And then, of course, there was poor Hester Prynne—branded with a scarlet letter for mothering a child with another man.Is Cheating the Secret to a Happy Marriage?
October 11, 2011
Katie continued to blog in excruciating detail, chronicling the worst parenting experience of them all—mothering a dying child.A Mommy Blog's Heartbreaking Turn
K. Emily Bond
October 6, 2010
Historical Examples of mothering
She says there's so much in her, and that she only wants 'mothering' to bring her out.The Jolliest School of All
It is the way with maids, the nearer they are to mothering the less they wish to hear of it.The Arrow-Maker
Again he had to bear the mothering of her understanding eyes.Play the Game!
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
And she certainly was a thoughtful and “mothering” sister to the little ones.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn
They seemed comfortable; gossipy they were, and fond of mothering the girls.The Job
- 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