What does mother mean?

Definitions for mother
ˈmʌð ərmoth·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mother, female parentnoun

    a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)

    "the mother of three children"

  2. mothernoun

    a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar

  3. mothernoun

    a term of address for an elderly woman

  4. mothernoun

    a term of address for a mother superior

  5. motherverb

    a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation

    "necessity is the mother of invention"

  6. mother, fuss, overprotectverb

    care for like a mother

    "She fusses over her husband"


  1. Mothernoun

    One's mother

  2. Mothernoun

    A title given to a nun or a priestess

  3. Mothernoun

    One of the triune goddesses of the Lady in Wicca alongside the Crone and Maiden and representing a woman older than a virginal Maiden but younger than a old woman Crone.

  4. Etymology: Shortened from motherfucker

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Motheradjective

    Had at the birth; native.

    For whatsoever mother wit or art
    Could work, he put in proof. Hubberd’s Tale.

    Where did you study all this goodly speech?
    —— It is extempore, from my mother wit. William Shakespeare.

    Boccace, living in the same age with Geoffrey Chaucer, had the same genius, and followed the same studies: both writ novels, and each of them cultivated his mother tongue. Dryden.

    Cecilia came,
    Inventress of the vocal frame,
    Enlarg’d the former narrow bounds,
    And added length to solemn sounds,
    With nature’s mother wit, and arts unknown before. Dryd.

  2. MOTHERnoun

    Etymology: moðor , Saxon; moder, Danish; moeder, Dutch.

    Let thy mother rather feel thy pride, than fear
    Thy dangerous stoutness. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Come sit down every mother ’s son,
    And rehearse your parts. William Shakespeare.

    I had not so much of man in me,
    But all my mother came into mine eyes,
    And gave me up to tears. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Alas, poor country! It cannot
    Be call’d our mother, but our grave. William Shakespeare.

    The resemblance of the constitution and diet of the inhabitants to those of their mother country, occasion a great affinity in the popular diseases. John Arbuthnot, on Air.

    The strongest branch leave for a standard, cutting off the rest close to the body of the mother plant. John Mortimer, Husb.

    The good of mother church, as well as that of civil society, renders a judicial practice necessary. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    This stopping of the stomach might be the mother; forasmuch as many were troubled with mother fits, although few returned to have died of them. John Graunt, Bills.

    I am come to set at variance the daughter in law against the mother in law. Matth. x. 35.

    If the body be liquid, and not apt to putrefy totally, it will cast up a mother, as the mothers of distilled waters. Francis Bacon.

    Potted fowl, and fish come in so fast,
    That ere the first is out the second stinks,
    And mouldy mother gathers on the brinks. Dryden.

    A sling for a mother, a bow for a boy,
    A whip for a carter. Thomas Tusser, Husbandry.

  3. To Motherverb

    To gather concretion.

    They oint their naked limbs with mother’d oil. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mothernoun

    a female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child

  2. Mothernoun

    that which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix

  3. Mothernoun

    an old woman or matron

  4. Mothernoun

    the female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc

  5. Mothernoun

    hysterical passion; hysteria

  6. Motheradjective

    received by birth or from ancestors; native, natural; as, mother language; also acting the part, or having the place of a mother; producing others; originating

  7. Motherverb

    to adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a mother to

  8. Mothernoun

    a film or membrane which is developed on the surface of fermented alcoholic liquids, such as vinegar, wine, etc., and acts as a means of conveying the oxygen of the air to the alcohol and other combustible principles of the liquid, thus leading to their oxidation

  9. Motherverb

    to become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar

  10. Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]


  1. Mother

    A mother is a woman who has raised a child, given birth to a child, and/or supplied the ovum that united with a sperm which grew into a child. Because of the complexity and differences of a mother's social, cultural, and religious definitions and roles, it is challenging to specify a universally acceptable definition for the term. The male equivalent is a father.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mother

    muth′ėr, n. a female parent, esp. one of the human race: a woman in relation to her child: a matron: that which has produced anything: the female head of a religious house: a familiar term of address to an old woman.—adj. received by birth, as it were from one's mother: natural: acting the part of a mother: originating.—v.t. to adopt as a son or daughter.—ns. Moth′er-church, the church from which others have sprung; Moth′er-coun′try, -land, the country of one's birth: the country from which a colony has gone out; Moth′erhood, state of being a mother; Moth′ering, a rural English custom of visiting one's parents on Mid-Lent Sunday; Moth′er-in-law, the mother of one's husband or wife.—adj. Moth′erless, without a mother.—n. Moth′erliness.—adj. Moth′erly, pertaining to, or becoming, a mother: like a mother: parental: tender.—ns. Moth′er-of-pearl′, the nacreous internal layer of the shells of several molluscs, esp. of the pearl-oyster, so called because producing the pearl; Moth′er's-mark, a birth-mark; Moth′er-tongue, a person's native language: a language from which another has its origin; Moth′er-wa′ter, the residual liquid remaining after the chemical substances it contained have been crystallised or precipitated; Moth′er-wit, native wit: common-sense; Moth′er-wort, a labiate plant growing in waste places; Queen′-moth′er, the mother of a reigning sovereign.—Mother Carey's chicken, the stormy petrel, or other bird of the same family; Mother-Hubbard, a woman's loose flowing gown, like that proper to the nursery heroine.—Every mother's son, all, without exception. [A.S. móder; Dut. moeder, Ice. móðir, Ger. mutter, Ir. and Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mētēr, Sans, mátá, mátri.]

  2. Mother

    muthėr, n. dregs or sediments, as of vinegar.—v.i. to become concreted.—adj. Moth′ery. [Mud.]

Editors Contribution

  1. mother

    A female parent with a maternal instinct who chooses to act with unconditional love, unity, peace and is nonjudgmental and nurturing.

    Our mother is such a beautiful person.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

  2. mothernoun

    The natural ability, qualities and acts of every mother to give and share love, nurture, provide and contribute to development of their child or children in a nonjudgmental, fair and just way and to create a united family environment where their child or children have a positive and loving relationship with their father and all their family members

    Every father and mother has the role to unify the family where required.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 21, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mother' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #323

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mother' in Written Corpus Frequency: #485

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mother' in Nouns Frequency: #86

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mother in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mother in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of mother in a Sentence

  1. Mickey Mehta:

    To have sound ears listen to what this existence has to say and harmonize your life, so be a good listener and MickeyMize your life. Share with as many to volunteer obedience to the laws of mother nature.

  2. Jake Tapper:

    I didn't believe it was right, pulling a child away from its mother... it's not something I could do.

  3. Dalton Vos:

    Between my mother, my mother-in-law and my husband,we will do everything we can in our power to help find something because we know how that feels first hand.

  4. Ethan Lindenberger:

    To combat preventable-disease outbreaks, information is, in my mind, the forefront of this matter. My mother would turn to anti-vaccine groups online and on social media, looking for her evidence in defense rather than health officials and other credible sources. This may seem to be in malice because of the dangers of not vaccinating imposes, but this is not the case. My mother came in the sense of loving her children and being concerned, for certain individuals and organizations that spread misinformation, they instill fear into the public for their own gain selfishly and do so knowing that their information is incorrect. For my mother, her love, affection and care as a parent, was used to push an agenda to create a false distress, and these sources which spread misinformation should be the primary concern of the American people.

  5. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald:

    Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference in October. FLASHBACK : James Closs FAMILY, COMMUNITY HOLD OUT HOPE 2 MONTHS AFTER TEENS DISAPPEARANCE Emergencylogsreleased days laterappeared to indicate that the cell phone of James Closs mother, 46-year-old Denise Closs, placed the call and that James Closs, 56-year-old James Closs, answered the door and was the first to be fatally shot. No one talked on that call and we dont know who made it. We heard voices but we cant make out what was said, we do believe James Closs was home at the time the call was made. Detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find the girl. James Closs, 13, vanished on Oct. 15 after her parents were fatally shot at their home in Barron County, located about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis. ( Courtesy of Barron County Sheriff's Department via AP, File) Roughly two weeks after she disappeared, a man identified as Kyle Jaenke-Annis, 32, was arrested for allegedly burglarizing the James Closs home. He was reportedly found with two girls tank tops, underwear, and a dress. However, Barron County officials cleared him of any involvement in the teens disappearance. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The sheriff previously said his office was receiving around 25 tips per day regarding James Closs disappearance. Hed been confident that James Closs was alive somewhere.

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