Mother - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈmʌðər|  American pronunciation of the word mother
Brit.  |ˈmʌðə|  British pronunciation of the word mother


- a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)
- a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar
- a term of address for an elderly woman
- a term of address for a mother superior
- a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation


- care for like a mother (syn: fuss, overprotect)
- make (offspring) by reproduction (syn: beget, engender, father, generate, get, sire)


...she often offered to babysit for friends, hoping to satisfy her mother urges until she had children of her own...

She mothered two sons but no daughters.

...I hope to mother at least one child....

She was like a mother to them.

The mother in my soul was strong.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Someone will take up the girl and mother her.

His mother and father are both doctors.

Janet is a full-time teacher and a mother of two.

Goodnight, Mother.

Mother said they'd met at university.

If food is scarce, the mother will feed the smaller, weaker chicks.

I don't like being mothered!

necessity is the mother of invention

She's a friend of my mother's.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: mother
he/she/it: mothers
present participle: mothering
past tense: mothered
past participle: mothered
singular: mother
plural: mothers
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