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Mother

Mother appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Dear mother,
    give your other udder
    to my other brother.
  • The Smothers brothers' father's mother's brothers are
    the Smothers brothers' mother's father's other brothers.
  • Mary Mac's mother's making Mary Mac marry me.
    My mother's making me marry Mary Mac.
    Will I always be so Merry when Mary's taking care of me?
    Will I always be so merry when I marry Mary Mac?
    (from a song by Carbon Leaf)
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Mother appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Mother at song no star, eh Tom?
  • Mother Eve's noose we soon sever, eh, Tom?
  • "No word I live for, eh? To mollify me?", Tailor taps to Dot’s patrol, "I ate my fill, O mother of evil I’d row on."
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Usage statistics for the noun mother:

spoken English39.29%written English60.71% conversational speech58.44%task-oriented speech41.56% imaginative writing77.32%informational writing22.68%
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The word mother is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun mother

What does mother mean as a name of something?

Mother is one of the top 100 most common nouns. It is used mostly in imaginative writing, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in imaginative written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • mother: mothers
  • Mother: Mothers

  1. a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)
    • example: the mother of three children
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of mother: female parent
    • antonym of mother: father
    • more generic word: parent = a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child
    • more specific terms:
      • mamma / mammy / momma / mommy / mummy / mama / mom / mum / ma = informal terms for a mother
      • mater = an informal use of the Latin word for mother
      • mother-in-law = the mother of your spouse
      • primipara / para I = woman who has been delivered of a child for the first time
      • puerpera = a woman in childbirth or shortly thereafter
      • quadripara = woman who has given birth to a viable infant in each of four pregnancies
      • quintipara = woman who has given birth to a viable infant in each of five pregnancies
      • supermom = an informal term for a mother who can combine childcare and full-time employment
      • surrogate mother = a woman who bears a child for a couple where the wife is unable to do so
    • instance: Blessed Virgin / Virgin Mary / The Virgin / Madonna / Mary = the mother of Jesus; Christians refer to her as the Virgin Mary
  2. a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic words: barm / yeast = a commercial leavening agent containing yeast cells
  3. a term of address for an elderly woman
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic term: old woman = a woman who is old
  4. a term of address for a mother superior
  5. a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation
    • example: necessity is the mother of invention
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: inspiration = arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity

Alternative definition of the noun mother

noun

  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).
  2. A female parent of an animal.
  3. [figuratively] A female ancestor.
  4. [figuratively] A source or origin, viewed affectionately.
  5. [context: when followed by a surname] A title of respect for one's mother-in-law.
  6. [figuratively] Any elderly woman, especially within a particular community
  7. [figuratively] Any person or entity which performs mothering.
  8. Something that is the greatest or most significant of its kind.
  9. [euphemistic, coarse, slang] motherfucker.
  10. [euphemistic, colloquial] A striking example.

Definition of the verb mother

What does mother mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: mothered | mothering | mothers

  1. care for like a mother
  2. make (offspring) by reproduction

Characters

  1. Mother: Mothers are women who inhabit or perform the role of bearing some relation to their children, who may or may not be their biological offspring. Thus, dependent on the context, women can be considered mothers by virtue of having given birth, by raising their child, supplying their ovum for fertilization, or some combination thereof. Such conditions provide a way of delineating the concept of motherhood, or the state of being a mother. Women who meet the third and first categories usually fall under the terms 'birth mother' or 'biological mother', regardless of whether the individual in question goes on to parent their child. Accordingly, a woman who meets only the second condition may be considered an adoptive mother, and those who meet only the third a surrogacy mother.
  2. Mother a.k.a. Elsa: Mother is a fictional character in the 2008 drama history war film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
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  3. Mother is a fictional character from the 2012 film One Day When the Rain Falls.
  4. Mother is a fictional character from the 1964 film Yes.
  5. Mother a.k.a. Soojeong is a fictional character from the 2007 film Hansel and Gretel.
  6. Mother a.k.a. Yoon is a fictional character from 2011 film The Kick.
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  7. Mother is a fictional character in the 1978 film Jak dostat tatínka do polepšovny.
  8. Mother is a fictional character from the 1968 horror film Kuroneko.
  9. Mother a.k.a. Marlyne is a fictional character from the 2011 film Your Highness.
  10. Mother is a fictional character from the 1973 family film Three Wishes for Cinderella.
  11. Mother is a fictional character from 2014 film The Chicken.
  12. Mother is a fictional character from the 2009 film He's Just Not That Into You.
  13. Mother a.k.a. Grandma: Baa is a fictional character from the 1984 animated film Birth.
  14. Mother is a fictional character from the 2011 film Porno Melodrama.
  15. Mother is a fictional character from the 2004 film Utterly Alone.
  16. Mother a.k.a. Helinda is a fictional character from the 2011 film Your Highness.
  17. Mother is a fictional character in the 2011 comedy drama film Carnage.
  18. Mother is a fictional character from the 2012 film Tambylles.
  19. Mother is a fictional character from the 2012 film Now Is Good.
  20. Mother is a fictional character from the 2011 film Michael.
  21. Mother is a fictional character from the 2012 drama film Stillleben.
  22. Mother is a fictional character from the film Alms for a Blind Horse.
  23. Mother is a fictional character from the film The Dreamers.
  24. Mother is a fictional character from the 1981 film Ragtime.
  25. Mother is a fictional character from the 2012 film Wadjda.
  26. Mother is a fictional character from the 2010 film Twigson Ties the Knot.
  27. Mother is a fictional character from the 2011 film Dreams of a Life.
  28. Mother is a fictional character from the 2011 film Rough.
  29. Mother is a fictional character from the 2012 film Night of Silence.
  30. Mother is a fictional character from the 2006 film The Tube with a Hat.
  31. Mother is a fictional character from the 2004 film Method.
  32. Mother is a fictional character from the 2010 film If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle.
  33. Mother is a fictional character from the book The Trumpet of the Swan that appeared in the 2001 film of the same name.
  34. Mother is a fictional character from the 2011 film Lovely Molly.
  35. Mother a.k.a. Josefa is a fictional character from the 2012 film Anacos.
  36. Mother is a fictional character from the 1981 film The Enchanted Grove.
  37. Mother is a fictional character from the 2011 film Raymond.

There are other characters with in their name, like mother 3, Mother's, Den Mother, Mother Hen, New Mother, Holy Mother, Mother Bird, Step Mother, Step-mother, Amy's Mother, Earth Mother, Ghost Mother, Grand mother, Great Mother, James Mother, Mother Brain, Mother Earth, Mother Ghost, Mother Goose.

Films

  1. "Mother" is a 2009 South Korean drama film directed by Bong Joon-ho, starring Kim Hye-ja and Won Bin.
  2. "Mother" a.k.a. "Mayrig" is a 1991 semi-autobiographical film written and directed by French-Armenian filmmaker Henri Verneuil. The film's principal cast includes Claudia Cardinale and Omar Sharif. It is about the struggles of an Armenian family that emigrates to France from Turkey after the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
  3. "Mother": Madar is a 1991 drama film written and directed by Ali Hatami.
  4. "Mother" is a 1926 Soviet film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin depicting one woman's struggle against Tsarist rule during the Russian Revolution of 1905. The film is based on the 1906 novel The Mother by Maxim Gorky.
  5. "Mother" is a 1996 comedy-drama film directed by Albert Brooks, and was co-written by Brooks with Monica Johnson. The film stars Brooks and Debbie Reynolds.
  6. "Mother" is a 1990 Soviet drama film based on Maxim Gorky's 1906 novel The Mother, directed by Gleb Panfilov and co-produced with Italy. It was entered into the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
  7. "Mother" is a 1952 black-and-white Japanese film directed by Mikio Naruse, starring Kinuyo Tanaka in the title role. The film is based on the on a prize-winning entry of a school essay-writing competition and screenplay by Yūko Mizuki.
  8. "Mother" a.k.a. "The Mother" is a 2003 British film directed by Roger Michell.
  9. "Mother": Ibunda is a 1986 Indonesian film directed by Teguh Karya. Telling of a family's struggles in Jakarta, it set a new record at the 1986 Indonesian Film Festival when it won nine Citra Awards.
  10. "Mother" is a 1955 Soviet drama film directed by Mark Donskoy and based on the eponymous novel by Maxim Gorky. It was entered into the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.
  11. "Mother" is an Indian comedy film released on 15 October 1999, based on the stage musical Mamma Mia!. The film stars Rekha as a woman who's unsure which of three former lovers is the father of her adult daughter and must deal with all three men coming to attend the daughter's wedding.
  12. "Mother" is a 2009 short film directed by Jakub Piatek.
  13. "Mother" is a film, directed by Kazuo Umezu.
    • country: Japan
    • genres: Biographical film, Horror
    • released on
  14. "Mother" is a 1985 South Korean film directed by Park Chul-soo. It won several awards at the Grand Bell Awards, including Best Film.
  15. "Mother" a.k.a. "588 rue paradis" is a 1992 semi-autobiographical film written and directed by French-Armenian filmmaker Henri Verneuil. The film's principal cast includes Richard Berry, Claudia Cardinale and Omar Sharif. It was preceded by Mayrig, the first autobiographical movie of Henri Verneuil.
  16. "Mother" a.k.a. "Little Mother" is a 1973 drama film directed by Radley Metzger and starring Christiane Krüger, Siegfried Rauch and Ivan Desny. A woman in a South American country rises from being a struggling actress to the wife of the President, who she plans to overthrow and make herself dictator. The story was loosely modelled on that of Evita Peron in Argentina. It was a co-production between West Germany, Yugoslavia and the United States.
  17. "Mother" is a 1952 is a bollywood musical drama film directed by Bimal Roy.
  18. "Mother" is a 2014 crime drama short film written by Brien Kelly and Mike Green and directed by Mike Green.
  19. "Mother" is a 1963 Japanese drama film written and directed by Kaneto Shindo.
    • also known as Haha
    • country: Japan
    • language: Japanese Language
    • starring: Nobuko Otowa
    • genre: Drama
    • released on (51 years ago)
  20. "Mother" a.k.a. "Kanna Talli" or Kannatalli is a 1953 Telugu Drama film directed and produced by K. S. Prakash Rao. It is simultaneously released in Tamil with title Petrathai. G. Varalakshmi played the title role of the Mother. This is the debut film for Telugu popular singer P. Susheela and actress Rajasulochana. The film later made as Blockbuster Hindi film Mother India in 1957.
  21. "Mother" is a 1937 Hungarian comedy film directed by Johann von Vásáry and starring Sári Fedák, Jenö Pataky and Lia Szepes. The film was based on a play by Rezsö Török, with art direction by Márton Vincze. The arrival from Texas of an eccentric relative and her son, disrupt the rhythm of a wealthy Hungarian fmily.
  22. "Mother" is a 1914 silent film drama directed by Maurice Tourneur and starring Emma Dunn. The film marked Tourneur's first American made film. Dunn was 39 years old and had starred on Broadway in the play version of the story this film is based on. This film was produced by William A. Brady who also produced the 1910 play. The film has a similar plot to the 1920 Fox film Over the Hill to the Poorhouse.
    • also known as Maman
    • country: United States of America
    • language: English Language
    • starring: Emma Dunn
    • genres: Silent film, Drama
    • released on (100 years ago)
  23. "Mother" is a documentary film directed by Tae Jun-seek.
    • country: South Korea
    • language: Korean Language
    • genres: Documentary film, East Asian cinema, World cinema
    • rating: 12+
    • released in (4 years ago)
  24. "Mother" is a 2012 documentary, drama and fantasy film written and directed by Vorakorn Ruetaivanichkul.
    • country: Thailand
    • language: Thai Language
    • genres: Documentary film, Fantasy, Drama
    • released in
  25. "Mother" a.k.a. "The Mother": Die Mutter is an East German film. It was released in 1958.
  26. "Mother" is a short film, directed by Sian Heder.
  27. "Mother" is a film, directed by Il-taek Jeong.
  28. "Mother" is a 2002 film directed by Miklós Gimes.
    • also known as Mutter
    • country: Switzerland
    • genre: Documentary film
    • released in (13 years ago)
  29. "Mother" is a documentary film directed by Mariko Miyagi.
    • country: Japan
    • language: Japanese Language
    • genre: Documentary film
    • rating: G
    • released on (37 years ago)
    • award: - Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography nomination for Kôzô Okazaki
  30. "Mother" is a short film.
    • also known as Eomoni, 어머니
    • country: South Korea
    • genre: Drama
  31. "Mother" is a film.
  32. "Mother" a.k.a. "Mère-Bi" is a 2008 documentary film about Annette Mbaye d'Erneville by her son, director William Mbaye. The first Senegalese female journalist, she was deeply involved in the development of her country. Both an activist and a non-conformist, she fought for the emancipation of women from the beginning. She divided her life between France, where she studied, and Senegal, where she returned in 1957, sensing that independence was on its way.
  33. "Mother" a.k.a. "Matb" is a short film, directed by Laura Rosensteel.
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  34. "Mother" is a 1976 short film directed by Ljiljana Jojic.
    • also known as Mater
    • starring: Dino Dvornik
    • released in (39 years ago)
  35. "Mother" is a 1988 film directed by Zenzo Matsuyama.

Phrases with Mother

Phrases starting with the word Mother:

  1. mother hen
  2. mother wit
  3. mother cell
  4. Mother City
  5. mother lode
  6. Mother ship
  7. mother board
  8. Mother Earth
  9. mother goose
  10. mother jones
  11. Mother Sauce

Phrases ending with the word Mother:

  1. Be Mother
  2. Co-Mother
  3. to mother
  4. den mother
  5. Holy Mother
  6. Your Mother
  7. Birth Mother
  8. earth mother
  9. great mother

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Mother

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Google previewDNA Fingerprinting (1993)

An Introduction by Lorne T. Kirby

In determining whether an individual is a carrier for a specific allele, such as a female for an X-linked defect, one might wish to compute the probability that a woman, whose mother is a confirmed carrier, is herself a carrier, when it is known that ...

Google previewThe Language of Winnicott: A Dictionary of Winnicott's Use of Words (2007)

A Dictionary of Winnicott's Use of Words by Jan Abram

The worst environment, for Winnicott, is the erratic one—when the infant is forced to compensate intellectually too much and too often for the inconsistencies of a mother who is sometimes good and sometimes bad. This leads to the defence of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the American Novel (2015)

by Abby H. P. Werlock, James P. Werlock

Throughoutthis novel, Laurel's mother, Becky, stands as the counterpointto Fay. Asa proper lady—who, significantly, isdead before the novel begins—Becky knew how to act and what to say in social situations, butperhaps more important, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of World Mythology (1986)

by Arthur Cotterell

Snakes, birds, and eggs predominate in the cults so far discovered; the chief deities were the mother goddess, whose domain included fertility and the afterlife , and a male god of vegetation, the prototype of the Dionysus. The power of the ...

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Usage statistics about mother

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun mother:

spoken English39.29%written English60.71% conversational speech58.44%task-oriented speech41.56% imaginative writing77.32%informational writing22.68%

Comparison of usage frequency between the noun mother and its most common antonym:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb mother:

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Quotes about Mother

Mother I live standing tall.
Mother I live with love flowing.
Mother I live with strength.
Mother I live proud.

Mother I live aware.
Mother I live because of you.
Mother I live.
I live. (Katt Lang)
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Scrabble value of M3O1T1H4E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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