Malkin
Malkin Mal"kin, n. [Dim. of Maud, the proper name. Cf. {Grimalkin}.] [Written also {maukin}.] 1. Originally, a kitchenmaid; a slattern. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. A mop made of clouts, used by the kitchen servant. [1913 Webster]

3. A scarecrow. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

4. (Mil.) A mop or sponge attached to a jointed staff for swabbing out a cannon. [1913 Webster]


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  • malkin — also mawkin, a slattern; woman of the lower classes, late 13c., from fem. proper name Malkyn, a dim. of Mault Maud (see MATILDA (Cf. Matilda)). Also attested from c.1200 as the proper name of a female specter. Sense of untidy woman led to meaning …   Etymology dictionary

  • malkin — [mô′kin] n. [ME malkyn, orig. dim. of Malde, Maud, dim. of Matilda] 1. [Now Brit. Dial.] a slovenly or sluttish woman 2. a mop 3. a scarecrow 4. a hare 5. a cat …   English World dictionary

  • Malkin — This unusual surname is of early medieval English origin. It derives from a female given name first recorded as Malkyn in 1297, a diminutive form of Malle , itself a nickname form of Mary . To Malle has been added the diminutive suffix kyn or kin …   Surnames reference

  • malkin — noun Etymology: Middle English malkyn servant woman, from Malkyn, diminutive of the name Maud Date: 1586 1. dialect chiefly British an untidy woman ; slattern 2. dialect chiefly British a. cat b. hare …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • malkin — /maw kin, mawl , mal /, n. Brit. Dial. 1. an untidy woman; slattern. 2. a scarecrow, ragged puppet, or grotesque effigy. 3. a mop, esp. one made from a bundle of rags and used to clean out a baker s oven. 4. a cat. 5. a hare. Also, mawkin. [1200… …   Universalium

  • malkin — noun /ˈmɔːlkɪn/ a) a lower class or uncultured woman Now she was strong enough to walk and watch them circling in the sky or to sit in the arbour at the end of the long lawn and, with the sunlight smouldering in her dark red hair and lying wanly… …   Wiktionary

  • malkin — mal·kin …   English syllables

  • malkin — ˈmȯ(l)kə̇n, ˈmalk , ˈmȧk noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English malkyn, from Malkyn, feminine name, probably from Mall (nickname from the name Maria, Mary) + kyn, kin kin 1. now dialect England a. : a pole with a bundle of …   Useful english dictionary

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