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|Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.|
- (UK) IPA: /ˈmʌðə/, SAMPA: /"mVD@/
- (US) IPA: /ˈmʌðɚ/, SAMPA: /"mVD@`/
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- Rhymes: -ʌðə(r)
- Hyphenation: moth‧er
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).
Adjectivemother (not comparable)
- (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A title of respect for one's mother-in-law.
- Mother Smith, meet my cousin, Doug Jones.
- 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.
- One’s female parent.
- I am visiting my mother today.
- (figuratively) A female ancestor.
- (figuratively) A source or origin, viewed affectionately.
- The Mediterranean was mother to many cultures and languages.
- A female parent of an animal.
- The lioness was a mother of four cubs.
- (one’s female parent): See WikiSaurus:mother
- (of or pertaining to the mother, such as metropolis): metro-
- (a female parent): parent
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.
- American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company 2003.
- Mother Earth
- Mother City
- Mothering Sunday
- Mothers' Day
- biological mother
- birth mother
- foster mother
- grandmother, great-grandmother
- surrogate mother
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Third person singular
- (transitive) To treat as a mother would be expected to treat her child; to nurture.
Calque of Arabic أم (’umm, mother).
- Something that is the greatest or most significant of its kind.
- "The great duel, the mother of all battles has begun." — Saddam Hussein
Shortened from motherfucker
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