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English[]

Most common English words: within « room « power « #265: mother » often » themselves » half

Pronunciation[]

Wikipedia

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈmʌðə/, SAMPA: /"mVD@/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈmʌðɚ/, SAMPA: /"mVD@`/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌðə(r)
  • Hyphenation: moth‧er

Etymology 1[]

From Middle English moder < Old English mōdor < Proto-Germanic *mothær < Proto-Indo-European *méh₂tēr. Cognates include Modern Greek μητέρα (mētéra), German Mutter, Proto-Slavic *mati (Russian мать (mat’)), Latin mater, Persian مادر (madar), Mycenaean Greek Template:Linb (ma-te-re), and Sanskrit मातृ (mātṛ).

Noun[]

File:Ragazza e bimba in braccio.jpg

a mother and her baby

File:White Cat Nursing Four Kittens.jpg

a mother cat and kittens

Singular
Mother

Plural
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Mother ({{{1}}})

  1. A (human) female who (a) parents a child or (b) gives birth to a baby. Sometimes used in reference to a pregnant female, possibly as a shortened form of mother-to-be (c).
    (a) I am visiting my mother today.
    • 1988, Robert Ferro, Second Son
      He had something of his mother in him, but this was because he realized that in the end only her love was unconditional, and in gratitude he had emulated her.
    (b) My sister-in-law has just become a mother.
    (c) Nutrients and oxygen obtained by the mother are conveyed to the fetus.
    • 1991, Susan Faludi, The Undeclared War Against American Women
      The antiabortion iconography in the last decade featured the fetus but never the mother.
  2. A female parent of an animal.
    The lioness was a mother of four cubs.
  3. (figuratively) A female ancestor.
    • Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. –Genesis 3:20, NIV.
  4. (figuratively) A source or origin, viewed affectionately.
    The Mediterranean was mother to many cultures and languages.
  5. (when followed by a surname) A title of respect for one's mother-in-law.
    Mother Smith, meet my cousin, Doug Jones.
  6. (figuratively) Any elderly woman, especially within a particular community
    • Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother. –Mark 3:35, NIV.
  7. (figuratively) Any person or entity which performs mothering.
    • The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. –Judges 5:7, KJV.
    • Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. –Galatians 4:26, KJV.
Synonyms[]
  • (one’s female parent): See WikiSaurus:mother
  • (of or pertaining to the mother, such as metropolis): metro-
Antonyms[]
  • (with regards to gender) father
  • (with regards to ancestry) daughter, son, child
Hypernyms[]
  • (a female parent): parent
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Verb[]

Infinitive
to Mother

Third person singular
-

Simple past
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Past participle
-

Present participle
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to Mother (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)

  1. (transitive) To treat as a mother would be expected to treat her child; to nurture.
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Etymology 2[]

Calque of Arabic أم (’umm, mother).

Noun[]

Singular
Mother

Plural
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Mother ({{{1}}})

  1. Something that is the greatest or most significant of its kind.
    "The great duel, the mother of all battles has begun." — Saddam Hussein
Related terms[]
  • mother of all
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Etymology 3[]

Shortened from motherfucker

Alternative spellings[]

  • mutha

Noun[]

Singular
Mother

Plural
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Mother ({{{1}}})

  1. Template:Euphemism motherfucker.
  2. Template:Euphemism A striking example.
    • 1964, Richard L. Newhafer, The last tallyho:
      November, 1943 If ever, Cortney Anders promised himself, I get out of this mother of a thunderstorm there is a thing I will do if it is the last act of my life.
    • 1980, Chester Anderson, Fox & hare: the story of a Friday night‎, page 5:
      Some hot night there's gonna be one mother of a riot down here. Just wait." He'd been saying the same thing since 1958, five years of crying wolf.
    • 2004, Rajnar Vajra, “The Ghost Within”, Analog Science Fiction & Fact, vol. 124, Nov, page 8: 
      Basically, we wind up with a program. One mother of a complex application.
    • 2006, Elizabeth Robinson, The true and outstanding adventures of the Hunt sisters:
      Josh, whose fleshy face resembles a rhino's - beady wide-set eyes blinking between a mother of a snout
Synonyms[]
  • MF, mofo, motherfucker, mutha
Translations[]

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