merkin

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

1617, probably a variant form of malkin.

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Noun[edit]

merkin ‎(plural merkins)

  1. A woman's pubic wig. Worn for nude stage appearances and by women, originally after shaving their pubic hair to eliminate lice or for other reasons, now often as a fashion item.
  2. A mop for cleaning cannon.
  3. (LGBT, slang) The male counterpart of a beard, a companion to a lesbian to feign her straightness.
    • 1996 Jan 10, Colin Wright, "Tori Spelling & Patrick Muldoon on NBC Movie", alt.showbiz.gossip, Usenet
      Well, I seem to recall Tori and Patrick being seen together, and a reference in People comes to mind, with a photo attached. I'm not for sure that Patrick is completely gay, but he's at least bi according to a person I know with first hand experience. Perhaps we have a dual merkin-beard relationship here, eh?
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Etymology 2[edit]

From the similar pronunciation to American.

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Noun[edit]

merkin ‎(plural merkins)

  1. (Britain, slang, pejorative) An American.

Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

merkin

  1. Genitive singular form of merkki.

Icelandic[edit]

Noun[edit]

merkin

  1. definite nominative plural of merki
  2. definite accusative plural of merki