ˈmäl How to pronounce moll (audio)
: a gangster's girlfriend

Examples of moll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bonello attempts, with some success, to subvert the stereotypes of women as passive victims or as gangster molls serving as mere accessories for dominant males. Deborah Bonello, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 The Breen office was hip to the scam Hollywood always played in the gangster pictures — revel for 85 minutes in the gunplay, fast cars, cool clothes, and slinky molls before exacting a crime-does-not-pay penalty in the last five minutes. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 July 2023 Yet had people not worked tirelessly to uncover the truth of what happened—the truth that had been buried underneath a morass of facts—Breonna Taylor might still be remembered as a suspect and some drug kingpin’s moll, not a tireless essential worker whose goal in life was to help people. Zz Packer, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2020 Mobster's moll Violet (Jennifer Tilly) yearns to escape from her violent lover, Caesar (Joe Pantoliano). Andrew Walsh,, 14 Feb. 2023 Everyone’s favorite power couple: a prankster drummer and a drug moll. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2021 There was always something fated in Stone’s casting as Ginger, the moll to Robert DeNiro’s casino mogul in Martin Scorsese’s 1995 Las Vegas crime epic. Liam Hess, Vogue, 25 Nov. 2020 The waiter has hardly made it out the door before the gangster has sprinkled salt and squeezed lemon on his moll’s nipple, licking it off. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, 8 May 2020 Earle Skow, a defense attorney, gazed through the bars at the drunken gangster moll. oregonlive, 3 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History


probably from Moll, nickname for Mary

First Known Use

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of moll was in 1557

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“Moll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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