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Etymology 1

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

Adjective

mother (not comparable)

Positive
mother

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A title of respect for one's mother-in-law.
    Mother Smith, meet my cousin, Doug Jones.

Noun

a mother and her baby

Singular
mother

Plural
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mother ({{{1}}})
  1. A woman who has, conceives, gives birth to, or raises a child.
    My sister-in-law has just become a mother.
    Nutrients and oxygen obtained by the mother are conveyed to the fetus.
  2. One’s female parent.
    I am visiting my mother today.
  3. (figuratively) A female ancestor.
  4. (figuratively) A source or origin, viewed affectionately.
    The Mediterranean was mother to many cultures and languages.
  5. A female parent of an animal.
    The lioness was a mother of four cubs.
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one’s female parent

  • 1988: “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.” — Second Son, Robert Ferro

a woman who has, conceives, gives birth to, or raises a child

  • 1991: "The antiabortion iconography in the last decade featured the fetus but never the mother." — The Undeclared War Against American Women, Susan Faludi.
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Verb

Infinitive
to mother

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

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
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Etymology 3

Shortened from motherfucker

Alternative spellings

Noun

Singular
mother

Plural
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mother ({{{1}}})
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) motherfucker.
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