Mother Hubbard

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Mother Hub·bard

A woman's loose, unbelted dress.

[Probably from illustrations of Mother Hubbard, , character in a nursery rhyme by Sarah Catherine Martin (1768-1826), British writer.]
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Mother Hubbard

(Clothing & Fashion) (sometimes not capitals) a woman's full-length unbelted dress
[C19: after Mother Hubbard, a character in a nursery rhyme]
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Moth′er Hub′bard

(ˈhʌb ərd)
a women's loose gown, usu. fitted at the shoulders.
[1915–20; after a nursery rhyme character]
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Mother Hubbard

A loose, baggy dress for women.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mother Hubbard - a woman's loose unbelted dress
dress, frock - a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
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She was dressed usually in a pink Mother Hubbard, and she wore all day long a large straw hat.
Old Mother Hubbard was boosting me to beat the band as a genuine Pomeranian-Hambletonian-Red-Irish-Cochin-China-Stoke-Pogis fox terrier.
Did little maidens' hearts beat the same under pearl-embroidered bodices as they do under Mother Hubbard cloaks?
After this memorable event, I went to the hatter's, and the bootmaker's, and the hosier's, and felt rather like Mother Hubbard's dog whose outfit required the services of so many trades.
Shipton, and Mother Hubbard, and Dame Durden, and so many names of that sort that my own name soon became quite lost among them.
The company's Christmas show will be Old Mother Hubbard, a play by David Wood.
A MOTHER Hubbard's fish and chip shop is set to open in Fartown after planners approved an application to turn a former tool hire shop into a restaurant/takeaway.
Old Mother Hubbard treats (and a grassy lounge area) on Gunbarrel Brewing Company's patio;
Felix's perceptive and unsophisticated voice is shown by his use of expressions like "Mother Hubbard!" The author's keen understanding of teens' inner lives is particularly apparent in the scene in which Felix confronts his bully, only to then realize the bully has his own vulnerability.
The organisers invite people to walk through these deserted streets and locate scattered artworks painted by two artists -- The Divine Mother Hubbard and Jemima Puddleduck -- who have never met but who share a common passion for the Idiosynchronism movement.
The characters represent Old Mother Hubbard, Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffet and many more, a total of 15 nursery rhymes in all.