Definition of Mother Hubbard in English:

Mother Hubbard


  • 1A woman's long, loose-fitting, shapeless dress or undergarment.

    • ‘The end result was a basic design (referred to as a ‘Mother Hubbard’) which was simply a full, straight skirt attached to a yoke with a high neck and tight sleeves.’
    • ‘Women in the Marshall Islands wear Mother Hubbards and think only prostitutes wear pants.’
    1. 1.1Canadian A long parka.
      • ‘The ‘Mother Hubbard’, another style of parka, with its deep ruffle, is common.’
      • ‘Women also sewed fabric, available from the trading posts, into a parka shell called a Mother Hubbard.’


So named from early illustrations of the nursery rhyme.


Mother Hubbard