\ ˈmäl How to pronounce moll (audio) , ˈmȯl \

Definition of moll

b : a gangster's girlfriend

Examples of moll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Earle Skow, a defense attorney, gazed through the bars at the drunken gangster moll. oregonlive, "Fun-loving ‘Torchy’ Jessing ‘autographed’ knife she used to stab gangster boyfriend, becoming 1950s Portland celebrity," 3 Dec. 2019 Film noir is also associated with the era of mobsters and molls, which brings to mind the days of liquor-bootlegging during Prohibition. Matthew J. Palm,, "Thrills, chills and comedy — all improvised in new Rollins College show," 12 Nov. 2019 Especially when miniskirted molls in a back-alley dive are leading it. Washington Post, "Bob Dylan, bare-chested swans, a dancer in her 80s: Two unorthodox ‘Swan Lakes’ for today," 4 Sep. 2019 On first blush Narcos is straightforward genre fare: tough-talking men, a drug moll or two, and guns and bullets galore. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "The Last Kingdom," 21 Nov. 2018 Here, our roster of up-to-the-minute suggestions for how to channel the sensational looks of a 1930s gun moll, as seen through the eyes of Hollywood a half century ago. Alice Bell, Vogue, "Channel the Sensational ’60s Style of Bonnie and Clyde, 50 Years On," 13 Aug. 2017 Claire Trevor won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as a drunken ex-singer, the moll of Edward G. Robinson's gangster kingpin. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Chill out with at-home Florida movie festival," 16 July 2017 Michelle Pfeiffer, meanwhile, is one of cinema’s most compelling molls. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "In The Wizard of Lies, Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer Return to a Life of Crime," 24 May 2017 The second is his twist on that genre: The molls and dicks of Brick were teens, and The Brothers Bloom got a heavy infusion of Italian auteur cinema. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Why Looper Is Director Rian Johnson’s Best Film Yet," 27 Sep. 2012

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First Known Use of moll

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moll

probably from Moll, nickname for Mary

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18 Dec 2019

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“Moll.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of moll

chiefly US, old-fashioned + informal : a girlfriend of a criminal

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