Motherless Moth"er*less, a. [AS. m[=o]dorle['a]s.] Destitute of a mother; having lost a mother; as, motherless children. [1913 Webster]

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  • motherless — (adj.) O.E. moderleas; see MOTHER (Cf. mother) (n.) + LESS (Cf. less) …   Etymology dictionary

  • motherless — moth|er|less [ˈmʌðələs US ðər ] adj a motherless child is one whose mother has died ▪ homes for children who had been left motherless …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • motherless — [[t]mʌ̱ðə(r)ləs[/t]] ADJ You describe children as motherless if their mother has died or does not live with them. ...Michael s seven motherless children …   English dictionary

  • motherless — adjective a motherless child is one whose mother has died: Alone and motherless, David set out to find fame and fortune …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • motherless — adj. Motherless is used with these nouns: ↑child …   Collocations dictionary

  • motherless — /ˈmʌðələs/ (say mudhuhluhs) adjective 1. without a mother. –adverb 2. (an intensifier): stone motherless broke …   Australian English dictionary

  • motherless — mother ► NOUN 1) a female parent. 2) (Mother) (especially as a title or form of address) the head of a female religious community. 3) informal an extreme or very large example of: the mother of all traffic jams. ► VERB ▪ look after kindly and… …   English terms dictionary

  • motherless — adjective see mother I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • motherless — moth·er·less (mŭthʹər ləs ) adj. 1. Having no living mother. 2. Having no known mother.   mothʹer·less·ness n. * * * …   Universalium

  • motherless — adjective Without a living mother …   Wiktionary