hus·​sy | \ ˈhə-sē How to pronounce hussy (audio) , -zē \
plural hussies

Definition of hussy

1 : a lewd or brazen woman
2 : a saucy or mischievous girl

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the antiquated view that any unmarried woman who lived on her own was a hussy
Recent Examples on the Web Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday and Pat Garrett hang out with a hussy. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 Either way, the woman comes out the other end a victim and a champion, but as a tramp and a hussy too. Benjy Hansen-bundy, Glamour, "What 1,147 Men Really Think About #MeToo," 30 May 2018 See, Belichick doesn't like this new hussy Brady's been hanging out with. Jack Moore, GQ, "Bill Belichick to Tom Brady: Get Your Man Alex Guerrero Out of My House," 20 Dec. 2017 Contrast Okpokwasili’s smugness to the dance scene in Girls Trip when the quartet competes with a group of hussies. Armond White, National Review, "Girls Trip and Bronx Gothic: Two Visions of Post-Obama Black Empowerment," 14 July 2017 Eliza has disappeared into the rust and sweat miasma of an Unhallowed Metropolis party, leaving her Erratic Thoughts post for this week undone, the brazen hussy. John Brownlee, WIRED, "Erratic Thoughts for 03/01/2007," 1 Mar. 2007

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First Known Use of hussy

1505, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hussy

alteration of Middle English huswif housewife, from hus house + wif wife, woman

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The first known use of hussy was in 1505

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“Hussy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hussy

old-fashioned + offensive : a girl or woman who does things that people consider immoral, improper, etc.

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