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Etymology 1[edit]

From Molly, the personal name, a pet form of Mary. In some cases it is possibly derived from mollitia (softness, weakness). Drug sense probably influenced by the initial of MDMA.[1]


molly (countable and uncountable, plural mollies)

  1. (now chiefly Ireland) A woman or girl, especially of low status.
  2. (slang) An effeminate male, a male homosexual.
  3. (slang, uncountable) Pure MDMA powder.
    Synonym: mandy
    • 2013, “We Can’t Stop”, in Bangerz, performed by Miley Cyrus:
      So la-da-di-da-di, we like to party / Dancing with Molly / Doing whatever we want
  4. A mollemoke.
  5. A female cat, a she-cat (usually spayed)
  6. A bird, the wagtail.
  7. A molly bolt.
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molly (third-person singular simple present mollies, present participle mollying, simple past and past participle mollied)

  1. To engage in (male) homosexual activity with.
    • 1998, Netta Murray Goldsmith, The Worst of Crimes, page 79:
      I said, "I never mollied you." My Lord, I never laid Hands upon him, nor touch'd him.
    • 2007, Matt Cook, A Gay History of Britain:
      On one occasion, Partridge was nearly mobbed in a molly-house when some men called him a 'treacherous, blowing-up, mollying bitch, and swore they'd massacre anybody that should betray them.'
    • 2017, Peter Ackroyd, Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day:
      It is a case of the biter bit, or the molly-taker mollied, but it is also an interesting example of the ways in which the criminal underworld and sexual underworld met in eighteenth-century London

Etymology 2[edit]

From Mollienesia, an invalid taxonomic name for the genus, influenced by the personal name Molly


molly (plural mollies)

  1. A fish of the genus Poecilia, except for those known as guppies.

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