malkin

noun
mal·​kin | \ˈmȯ(l)-kən, ˈmal- \

Definition of malkin 

1 dialectal, chiefly British : an untidy woman : slattern

2 dialectal, chiefly British

a : cat

b : hare

First Known Use of malkin

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for malkin

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

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