Definition of Mother Hubbard in English:

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Mother Hubbard

Pronunciation: /ˌməT͟Hər ˈhəbərd/

noun

chiefly US
1A long, loose-fitting, shapeless woman’s dress or undergarment.
Example sentences
  • Women in the Marshall Islands wear Mother Hubbards and think only prostitutes wear pants.
  • The end result was a basic design (referred to as a ‘Mother Hubbard’) which was simply a full, straight skirt attached to a yoke with a high neck and tight sleeves.
1.1A kind of cloak.
Example sentences
  • Women also sewed fabric, available from the trading posts, into a parka shell called a Mother Hubbard.
  • The ‘Mother Hubbard’, another style of parka, with its deep ruffle, is common.

Origin

So named from early illustrations of the nursery rhyme.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Moth·er Hub·bard

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