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Mother Hubbard

[huhb-erd] /ˈhʌb ərd/
noun
1.
a full, loose gown, usually fitted at the shoulders, worn by women.
2.
a character in a nursery rhyme.
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  • Certainly it is not the loose and ungainly mother-hubbard gowns which are still the style of the native maiden.

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  • She was dressed in a shabby mother-hubbard gown and her feet were bare.

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  • Some were in mother-hubbard gowns, some in pongee silks, some in canvas and white duck, cut either for street or evening wear.

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  • The wizard was tall and thin and wore a long white beard, a sort of mother-hubbard gown, and a pointed cap.

British Dictionary definitions for mother-hubbard

Mother Hubbard

/ˈhʌbəd/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capitals) a woman's full-length unbelted dress
Word Origin
C19: after Mother Hubbard, a character in a nursery rhyme
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Word Origin and History for mother-hubbard

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).

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