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1a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth. a female animal in relation to its offspring: [as modifier]:a mother penguin archaic (especially as a form of address) an elderly woman. (Mother, Mother Superior, or Reverend Mother) (especially as a title or form of address) the head of a female religious community. [as modifier] denoting an institution or organization from which more recently founded institutions of the same type derive:the mother church informal an extreme example or very large specimen of something:I got stuck in the mother of all traffic jams
2 vulgar slang
, chiefly North Americanshort for motherfucker.
verb [with object]
(often as noun mothering
) bring up (a child) with care and affection:the art of mothering
look after kindly and protectively, sometimes excessively so:she felt mothered by her older sister