mother


mother
mother
mother1 [muth′ər]
n.
[ME moder < OE modor, akin to Ger mutter < IE * matér, mother (> L mater, Gr mētēr, OIr māthir) < * ma-, echoic of baby talk]
1. a woman who has borne a child; esp., a woman as she is related to her child or children
2.
a) a stepmother
b) an adoptive mother
c) a mother-in-law
3. the female parent of a plant or animal
4. that which gives birth to something, is the origin or source of something, or nurtures in the manner of a mother
5.
a) a woman having the responsibility and authority of a mother
b) [often M-] MOTHER SUPERIOR: used esp. as a title
6. an elderly woman: used as a title of affectionate respect [Slang]
7. short for MOTHERFUCKER: somewhat vulgar
adj.
1. of, like, or like that of a mother
2. derived or learned from or as if from one's mother; native [mother tongue]
3. designating a company, institution, etc. from which another or others originated [mother church]
vt.
1. to be the mother of; give birth to: often used figuratively
2. to look after or care for as a mother does
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the mother of all
something regarded as the biggest, most impressive, or most important of (its kind): often used humorously [the mother of all yard sales ]
motherless
adj.
mother2 [muth′ər]
n.
[altered (infl. by MOTHER1) < MDu moeder, akin to MLowG modder: for IE base see MUD]
1. short for MOTHER OF VINEGAR
2. Obs. dregs

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