Morther

Well, Mor, where have you been this long while? (Norfolk). I'sy, Mor, come hither! (Norfolk). Mor or Morther means a lass, a wench. It is the Dutch moer (a woman). In Norfolk they call a lad a bor, from the Dutch boer (a farmer), Englishboor. “Well, bor!” and “Well, mor!” are to be heard daily in every part of the country.

When once a giggling morther you,
And I a red-faced chubby boy,
Sly tricks you played me net a few,
For mischief was your greatest joy

Bloomfield: Richard and Kate.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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