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 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"

  7. beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forthverb

    make children

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

Wiktionary

  1. Mothernoun

    One's mother

    Etymology: Shortened from motherfucker

  2. Mothernoun

    A title given to a nun or a priestess

    Etymology: Shortened from motherfucker

  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.

    Etymology: Shortened from motherfucker

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mothernoun

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  2. Mothernoun

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  3. Mothernoun

    an old woman or matron

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  4. Mothernoun

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  5. Mothernoun

    hysterical passion; hysteria

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  7. Motherverb

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  9. Motherverb

    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 give and share 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  

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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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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. Dan Younggren:

    I can take a couple of perils from Mother Nature and after that I'm on my knees, we've never had a situation like this.

  2. The wise Pharoah Moe:

    The energy of love, as the mother nature of energy, is neither created nor detroyed, so make sure you direct it to the meant recepients. Or else, eternally it shall live inside you, either you're with them or not..

  3. Bonnie Bruno:

    Once MPD's Sensitive Crime Division received information from the mother that indicated the victim was at risk, she was then categorized as a critical missing.

  4. Sabrina Owens:

    We really haven't not had much of an opportunity to have private moments, i know the world lost The Queen of Soul, but The Queen of Soul sons lost their mother, her nieces and nephews lost their aunt... we lost a family member and we haven't had a chance to come together as a group to truly realize that we have lost one who loved us so much and was so loyal to us.

  5. La Cock:

    We do admit that if cubs are needed for cub interaction, we sometimes remove the cubs from their mothers. This is obviously stressful for the mother and we regret that it is necessary.

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