Mother Hubbard
noun Etymology: probably from Mother Hubbard, character in a nursery rhyme Date: 1884 a loose usually shapeless dress

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Mother Hubbard — can have different, probably related, meanings: Old Mother Hubbard is a nursery rhyme. Mother Hubbard (dress) is a dress from the South Seas. A Mother Hubbard was another name for a camelback steam locomotive. This disambiguation page lists… …   Wikipedia

  • Mother Hubbard — Old Mother Hubbard, nursery rhyme, was printed 1805, written by Sarah Catherine Martin (1768 1826) but based on earlier material of unknown origin (the name is attested from 1591) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Mother Hubbard — [hub′ərd] n. 1. a character in an old nursery rhymea character in an old nursery rhyme 2. [from the costume in old illustrations of the rhyme] a full, loose gown for women …   English World dictionary

  • Mother Hubbard — noun a woman s loose unbelted dress • Syn: ↑muumuu • Hypernyms: ↑dress, ↑frock * * * Mother Hubbard [Mother Hubbard] ; » …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mother Hubbard — /mʌðə ˈhʌbəd/ (say mudhuh hubuhd) noun (sometimes lower case) a kind of full, loose gown worn by women. {from the nursery rhyme character, Mother Hubbard} …   Australian English dictionary

  • mother hubbard — Cockney Rhyming Slang Cupboard There s nothing in the mother …   English dialects glossary

  • Mother Hubbard — /hub euhrd/ 1. a full, loose gown, usually fitted at the shoulders, worn by women. 2. a character in a nursery rhyme. * * * …   Universalium

  • Mother Hubbard — Moth′er Hub′bard [[t]ˈhʌb ərd[/t]] n. clo a women s loose gown, usu. fitted at the shoulders • Etymology: 1915–20; after a nursery rhyme character …   From formal English to slang

  • Mother Hubbard —   Holokū …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • Mother Hubbard dress — Tahitian girls in their unadorned grandmother s dresses between 1880 and 1889. A Mother Hubbard dress is a long, wide, loose fitting gown with long sleeves and a high neck.[citation needed] Intended to cover as much skin as possible, it was… …   Wikipedia

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