sooterkin

noun soot·er·kin \ˈsu̇tə(r)kə̇n, ˈsüt-\

Definition of sooterkin

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  an afterbirth formerly held to be produced by Dutch women delivered of a sooterkin not unlike to a rat — John Cleveland

  2. 2 :  something that is imperfect or unsuccessful; especially :  an imperfect literary composition fruits of dull heat and sooterkins of wit — Alexander Pope

  3. 3 archaic :  dutchman

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Origin and Etymology of sooterkin

probably from (assumed) Dutch dialect zoetkijn, diminutive of Dutch dialect zoet soot, from Middle Dutch soet — more at soot


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