Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • His father had flown frae London to Glasgow, and his mither was a flier too.

    A Dominie in Doubt

  • I laughed out loud when I read a piece on the Daily Telegraph's website which earnestly explained the meaning of "mither" for the sake of their southern readers who had never before enountered the word. piece was entitled "Steven Gerrard trial: what does 'mither' mean?"

    Manchester Evening News Blogs

  • He was worried to find his boots lying at the cabin door. the children playing on the woodpile told him that "mither" said they were so heavy she couldn't walk in them, and she had come back and taken them off.

    Freckles

  • He was worried to find his boots lying at the cabin door; the children playing on the woodpile told him that "mither" said they were so heavy she couldn't walk in them, and she had come back and taken them off.

    Freckles

  • "It's ower dark noo tae read it, an 'mither' ill sune be comin '."

    Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush

  • "It's ower dark noo tae read it, an 'mither' ill sune be comin."

    A Doctor of the Old School — Complete

  • 'Just as I told ye, Miss M'Crimman,' he said; 'mither's a ma_rrr_vel!'

    Our Home in the Silver West A Story of Struggle and Adventure

  • Steve nodded, and was turning away, when his eyes encountered those of the boy, who had evidently forgotten all about his "mither," and was grinning at him derisively, and in a way which made Steve's fingers tingle to tighten up into a fist and teach the lad a lesson.

    Steve Young

  • Steve did not hear what Watty's "mither" had said, for the cook made a rush at him, caught him by the scruff of the neck, and ran him into the galley, closely followed by Skene-dhu, the dog, snapping and barking at their heels in a way which hastened Watty's pace and stopped all resistance.

    Steve Young

  • My father an 'your great-gran'father upo' the gran'mither's side war ain brithers.

    Robert Falconer

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