What does mother mean?

Definitions for mother
ˈmʌð ərmoth·er

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mother.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mother, female parent(noun)

    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. mother(noun)

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

  3. mother(noun)

    a term of address for an elderly woman

  4. mother(noun)

    a term of address for a mother superior

  5. mother(verb)

    a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation

    "necessity is the mother of invention"

  6. mother, fuss, overprotect(verb)

    care for like a mother

    "She fusses over her husband"

  7. beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth(verb)

    make children

    "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"

Wiktionary

  1. Mother(ProperNoun)

    One's mother

    Etymology: Shortened from motherfucker

  2. Mother(ProperNoun)

    A title given to a nun or a priestess

    Etymology: Shortened from motherfucker

  3. Mother(ProperNoun)

    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.

    Etymology: Shortened from motherfucker

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mother(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  2. Mother(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  3. Mother(noun)

    an old woman or matron

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  4. Mother(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  5. Mother(noun)

    hysterical passion; hysteria

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  6. Mother(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  7. Mother(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  8. Mother(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  9. Mother(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

Freebase

  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. mother

    The natural ability, qualities and acts of every mother to love, nurture, provide and contribute to the 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  

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

How to pronounce mother?

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    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
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    Indian

How to say mother in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Tarachand Pohiya:

    They are poor people. The mother and the uncle cannot read or write. They don't have any official documents to show when she was born. There's no birth certificate recording exactly when she was born.

  2. Markel Hutchins:

    Alexis' mother was literally unable to speak. All that she could do was listen as I tried to console and comfort her, alexis' father said,' If Atlanta Police wanted to take somebody's life Atlanta Police could have taken mine. Atlanta Police didn't have to kill my baby, Atlanta Police didn't have to kill her.'.

  3. Marcus Aurelius:

    Poverty is the mother of crime.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    I ’m from Florida. You may not know this, but there are a lot of people in Florida on Medicare and Social Security, one of them happens to be my mother. And I can say this to you right now unequivocally : I am against anything that is bad for my mother.

  5. Producer Yoshi Stone:

    If you look statistically, for example, at home births versus births that are done under clinical supervision, there’s a difference in outcomes, and if you’re not ready for an acute emergency during delivery [that] is when a baby can get damaged or a mother could get hurt.

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