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Mother Hubbard

[huhb-erd] /ˈhʌb ərd/
a full, loose gown, usually fitted at the shoulders, worn by women.
a character in a nursery rhyme. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And then the front door was opened briskly and Old Mother Hubbard entered the room.

    Everychild Louis Dodge
  • "You poor dear girl," said Mother Hubbard, going up to her, and taking her hand.

    Prudy Keeping House Sophie May
  • "O, yes'm; I'd be delighted," replied Mother Hubbard, a smile lighting up her face even to the floury tip of her nose.

    Prudy Keeping House Sophie May
  • Mother Hubbard began to look about her with the mien of a housekeeper.

    Prudy Keeping House Sophie May
  • I have been blamed for printing and distributing "Mother Hubbard."

    Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 Edward William Cole
  • "Only there isn't any coffee," said Mother Hubbard, going to the cupboard.

    Prudy Keeping House Sophie May
  • From this prompting came the illustration of Mother Hubbard.

  • Mother Hubbard has gone to the butcher's and she'll get you a bone, I'm sure.

  • The women wore plain Mother Hubbard dresses and straw sailor hats, and the men gingham suits.

    The Royal Book of Oz L. Frank Baum
British Dictionary definitions for Mother Hubbard

Mother Hubbard

(sometimes not capitals) a woman's full-length unbelted dress
Word Origin
C19: after Mother Hubbard, a character in a nursery rhyme
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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