Mother etymology


English word mother comes from Proto-Indo-European *-tḗr, and later Proto-Germanic *mōdēr (Mother.)

Etymology of mother

Detailed word origin of mother

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*-tḗr Proto-Indo-European (ine) Derives agent nouns from verbs, denoting someone or something whose role or purpose it is to perform the verb's action.
*mh₂tros Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*mōdēr Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Mother.
mōdor Old English (ang)
modor Old English (ang) Mother.
moder Middle English (enm) Mother.
mother English (en) (figuratively) A female ancestor.. (figuratively) A source or origin.. (figuratively) Any elderly woman, especially within a particular community.. (figuratively) Any person or entity which performs mothering.. (obsolete) Hysterical passion; hysteria.. (when followed by a surname) A title of respect for one's mother-in-law.. A (human) female who (a) parents a child (b) gives birth to a baby [...]

Words with the same origin as mother