malkin

noun

1
dialectal, chiefly British : an untidy woman : slattern
2
dialectal, chiefly British
a
: cat
b
: hare

Word History

Etymology

Middle English malkyn servant woman, from Malkyn, diminutive of the name Maud

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of malkin was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Malkin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malkin. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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