from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having no living mother.
- adj. Having no known mother.
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- adj. Without a living mother.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Destitute of a mother; having lost a mother.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Destitute of a mother; having lost a mother: as, motherless children.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having no living or known mother
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As someone whose mother died when she was 15, and mom was 37, the fear of leaving my children motherless is sometimes incapacitating, and particularly so since I do have a minor heart condition.
Soulless tombs unborn children dread life after birth in motherless wombs. my 594th poem
Innocent was in very truth "motherless" -- but so she had always been -- for a mother who deserts her child is worse than a mother dead.
HI Rosie-On your show you had a guest that wrote a book called motherless daughters.
Elsewhere comes the cry of the "motherless" and the "Farewell, farewell, my only child."
Elsewhere comes the cry of the "motherless" and the "Fare-well, farewell, my only child."
[Seven, the "motherless" number, which has no factor below ten.]
They are detrimental to social development and wellbeing, as some one million children are left motherless each year.
For all of Hesher's extravagances, though—his foul mouth, his wild hair, his runaway libido, his fondness for heavy metal and his penchant for arson—he isn't particularly interesting, not even when he's mentoring T.J., a newly motherless boy played touchingly by Devin Brochu.
Then we have a baby who immediately shows she is “gifted,” but could be motherless.