hussy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From earlier hussive, hussif, a compression of Middle English huswif (housewife), equivalent to house +‎ wife.

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Noun[edit]

hussy (plural hussies)

  1. (obsolete) A housewife or housekeeper.
  2. A cheeky or disrespectful girl; a woman showing inappropriate or improper behaviour.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, chapter 1, The Amateur Poacher:
      Molly the dairymaid came a little way from the rickyard, and said she would pluck the pigeon that very night after work. She was always ready to do anything for us boys; and we could never quite make out why they scolded her so for an idle hussy indoors.
  3. (obsolete) A case or bag for needles, thread, etc.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (cheeky, disrespectful girl or woman): bitch

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