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- n. mother
- v. To make an unnecessary fuss, moan, bother.
- v. To pester or irritate someone. Usually directed at children.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Scotch form of mother.
Late variant of Old English mōdor. (Wiktionary)
Late 17th century, unknown origin, possibly Welsh moedrodd to worry or bother. Possible alternative from the Welsh meidda ("to beg for whey") or perhaps meiddio ("to dare or venture"). Bear in mind that the "dd" in Welsh corresponds in sound to the "th" in mither, and English also has moider and moither. (Wiktionary)