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mother

[ muhth-er ]SEE DEFINITION OF mother

Synonyms for mother

  • mom
  • parent
  • ancestor
  • creator
  • mommy
  • origin
  • predecessor
  • progenitor
  • source
  • child-bearer
  • forebearer
  • procreator
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Antonyms for mother

  • descendant
  • effect
  • end
  • result
  • father
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MOTHER

The young man stared at his mother until he had mastered her meaning.

But Avice is—er—my dear, she is like her mother in more ways than one.

Give your heart up to it, as a little child led by its mother's hand!

You were our only child; named Artaminta, in remembrance of my mother.

"You're carryin' on the same way yourself," ventured his mother.

"I'll put on the teakettle at once, Robert," said his mother, rising.

"I'll take another piece of fish, mother," said Robert, passing his plate.

If my mother could have guessed that he was to be set over me, I had never come here.

The mother's heart was touched, and she forgot all her forebodings.

So you see, mother, we needn't go to the poorhouse just yet.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English modor "female parent," from Proto-Germanic *mothær (cf. Old Saxon modar, Old Frisian moder, Old Norse moðir, Danish moder, Dutch moeder, Old High German muoter, German Mutter), from PIE *mater- "mother" (cf. Latin mater, Old Irish mathir, Lithuanian mote, Sanskrit matar-, Greek meter, Old Church Slavonic mati), "[b]ased ultimately on the baby-talk form *mā- (2); with the kinship term suffix *-ter-" [Watkins]. Spelling with -th- dates from early 16c., though that pronunciation is probably older.

Mother nature first attested c.1600; mother earth is from 1580s. Mother tongue "one's native language" first attested late 14c. Mother of all ________ 1991, is Gulf War slang, from Saddam Hussein's use in reference to the coming battle; it is an Arabic idiom (as well as an English one), cf. Ayesha, second wife of Muhammad, known as Mother of Believers. Mother Carey's chickens is late 18c. sailors' nickname for storm petrels, or for snowflakes. Mother lode attested by c.1882, from mining [1849].

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR MOTHER

ascendant

nounancestor
  • antecedent
  • ascendent
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  • forbear
  • forefather
  • foregoer
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  • mother
  • parent
  • predecessor
  • progenitor
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