Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a lower-class or uncultured woman; a kitchenmaid; a slattern
  • n. a cat
  • n. a mop, especially one used to clean a baker's oven.
  • n. A mop or sponge attached to a jointed staff for swabbing out a cannon.
  • n. A scarecrow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Originally, a kitchenmaid; a slattern.
  • n. A mop made of clouts, used by the kitchen servant.
  • n. A scarecrow.
  • n. A mop or sponge attached to a jointed staff for swabbing out a cannon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kitchen servant, or any common woman; a slattern.
  • n. Maid Marian, the lady of the morris-dance.
  • n. A stuffed figure; a caricature of a woman in dress and general appearance; a scarecrow.
  • n. A cat. Compare grimalkin. :
  • n. A hare.
  • n. A mop; especially, a mop used to clean a baker's oven.
  • n. In gunnery, a jointed staff with a sponge at one end, used for cleaning out cannon.
  • n. The little grebe or dabchick.
  • Of or pertaining to a malkin or kitchen-wench.

Etymologies

Diminutive of Malde, an early form of Maude or Matilda. Compare grimalkin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What did I tell you the first time you came back from the Hospital looking like a malkin, and with a clean shift of clothes laid out for you and the water on the boil, that I couldn't have taken more trouble, no, not for a funeral?

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

  • 'Thee looks like a gurt malkin' is a common term of reproach among the poor folk -- meaning a bunch of rags on the end of a stick.

    Round About a Great Estate

  • The wood embers were raked out with the scraper, and the malkin, being wetted, cleaned out the ashes.

    Round About a Great Estate

  • "Ho, ho!" cried Leander to himself; "an idle tabby malkin, that perhaps never caught a mouse in his life, and I dare say is not descended from a better family than myself, has the honour to sit at table with my mistress: I would fain know whether he loves her so well as I do."

    The Fairy Book The Best Popular Stories Selected and Rendered Anew

  • Look at them all, for every creature you see here, from 'the seld shown flamen' to the 'kitchen malkin,' belongs soul and body to 'our gracious Empress, 'and Essex and Raleigh are still winning their garlands of the war, -- that is when the scene is taken, but not when it was put in its place and framed in this composition; for their game was up ere then.

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

  • Then another apparent malkin (Hello, Michelle!) came in followed by two or three more slatterns.

    The Latest on Air America

  • Maybe she wanted to be able to strawman - 'i was at the dnc and this is what happened ….' or maybe like many people have suggested she was bate to stir up some anti-nwo shouting, maybe get jostled a bit so that when the police use their pepper guns against truthers they can portray it as 'well they had threatened to kill poor little malkin …'

    Alex Jones' Prison Planet.com

  • Seeing it in so many angles really proves the point that Alex did not say kill malkin.

    Alex Jones' Prison Planet.com

  • View It » malkin is wrong. and if you're agreeing with her, thats an even greater confirmation that she's wrong. cause you ain't never been right.

    Propeller Most Popular Stories

  • I think that's the difference between him and malkin, ovechkin or crosby.

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  • There was a character in the first Harry Potter book who ran a robe shop in Diagon Alley that was named this.

    July 11, 2012

  • Also spelled maulkin.

    September 5, 2008

  • It's a variant spelling of greymalkin.

    AmHer sez: grimalkin
    1. A cat, especially an old female cat. 2. An old woman considered to be ill-tempered.
    ETYMOLOGY: Variant of graymalkin : gray + obsolete malkin, lower-class woman; see merkin.

    May 18, 2007

  • "And speaking o' cats, gray malkins hunt through the forest as well." Cecilia Dart-Thornton; The Battle of Evernight; Aspect; 2003.

    I hope this doesn't refer to definition 2. Talk about weird....

    February 16, 2007

  • See also merkin.
    1. A typical name (usu. derogatory) for: a lower-class, untidy, or sluttish woman, esp. a servant or country girl. In Scotland: an awkward or ungainly young girl. Also in various proverbial expressions, esp. there are more maids than Malkin (obs.).
    2. The female genitals.
    3. An impotent or effeminate man; a weakling.
    4. A mop; a bundle of rags fastened to the end of a stick, esp. for cleaning out a baker's oven. regional in later use.
    5. Nautical. A sponge attached to a jointed pole, used for cleaning out ships' guns. Obsolete.
    6. A scarecrow; a ragged puppet or grotesque effigy; a guy.
    7. As a designation for certain animals (sometimes as if a proper name). A cat, e.g. "Grimalkin." Obsolete.
    8. Sc. and Eng. regional (north.). A hare.

    Wow, how many different things can one weird word mean?

    February 16, 2007