doxy

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Etymology 1[edit]

Perhaps from Middle Dutch *doketje, diminutive of docke ‎(a doll). Cognate with Low German dokke ‎(doll), Saterland Frisian dok, dokke ‎(a doll), Swedish docka ‎(doll, puppet).

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Noun[edit]

doxy ‎(plural doxies)

  1. (archaic) A sweetheart; a prostitute or a mistress.
    • 1907, Justin Huntly McCarthy, Needles and pins, pages 82:
      He did not relish the apparition of that Katherine, for when it appeared it seemed to bring with it a brother shadow that wore ragged clothes and tangled hair and foul linen, that drank from any flagon and drabbed with any doxy, that slept in tavern angles through hours of drunkenness, a thing whose fingers pillaged, filched, and pilfered when and where they could, a creature that once he saw whenever he stared into a mirror.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      Do you think the writer of Antony and Cleopatra, a passionate pilgrim, had his eyes in the back of his head that he chose the ugliest doxy in all Warwickshire to lie withal?
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 328:
      So then, of course, he paid her in kind...the place is full of his doxies, open a closet at Allington and some wench falls out of it.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From -doxy in orthodoxy, heterodoxy etc.

Noun[edit]

doxy ‎(plural doxies)

  1. (colloquial) A defined opinion.