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- n. A girl, especially, a great awkward girl.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A girl; esp., a great, awkward girl; a wench.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rustic girl; a gawky young woman; a wench.
I therefore suppose the _r_ termination in _mauther_ to be a mere corruption, like that pointed out by Skinner in the Lincoln Folk-speech: or is it possible that it may have arisen from a contusion of the words _maid_ and _mother_ in Roman Catholic times?
"Oal right, Cap'n," replied Israel, "I jist want to go and spaik to mauther, while the Squire do git the oull mare ready."
"Away! you talk like a foolish _mauther_" -- says Restive to Dame Pliant in _Ben Jonson.
Having done with him I took boat again (being mightily struck with a woman in a hat, a seaman's mother, -- [Mother or mauther, a wench.] -- that stood on the key) and home, where at the office all the morning with Sir W. Coventry and some others of our board hiring of fireships, and Sir W. Coventry begins to see my pains again, which I do begin to take, and I am proud of it, and I hope shall continue it.