mother hen
noun Date: 1954 a person who assumes an overly protective maternal attitude

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • mother hen — noun count someone who takes care of another person and worries about them …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mother hen — noun 1. a person who cares for the needs of others (especially in an overprotective or interfering way) • Hypernyms: ↑person, ↑individual, ↑someone, ↑somebody, ↑mortal, ↑soul 2. a hen with chicks • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mother hen — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms mother hen : singular mother hen plural mother hens someone who looks after another person and worries about them …   English dictionary

  • mother hen — moth′er hen′ n. cvb a person who attends to the welfare of others, esp. one who is fussily protective • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • mother hen — a person who attends to the welfare of others, esp. one who is fussily protective. [1950 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • mother hen — noun a) A female chicken who bears eggs or chicks. b) An outspoken and overprotective woman dealing with others affairs …   Wiktionary

  • Mother Courage and Her Children — Mother Courage and Her Children, with Therese Giehse in the title role, with Erni Wilhemi, Hans Christian Blech, and Karl Lieffen, at the Munich Kammerspiele, directed by Bertolt Brecht, Munich, 1950. Photo shows the famous cart Mother Courage… …   Wikipedia

  • mother — moth|er1 W1S1 [ˈmʌðə US ər] n [: Old English; Origin: modor] 1.) a female parent of a child or animal ▪ His mother and father are both doctors. mother of two/three etc (=mother of two/three etc children) ▪ Janet is a full time teacher and a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mother — 1 noun (C) 1 PARENT a female parent of a child or animal: His mother and father are both doctors. | Can I borrow your car please, Mother? | mother hen/cat/dog etc (=an animal that is a mother) 2 be (like) a mother to to care for someone as if you …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hen — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ battery, free range (esp. BrE) ▪ mother ▪ She fussed around like a mother hen. ▪ broody ▪ laying …   Collocations dictionary

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