1. a servant woman or lower-class woman (archaic)

  2. A cat.

  3. A hare.

  4. Southern humorist Florence King's term for a woman who is paranoid about her femininity and limits the activities she will do, in order not to be considered masculine.

Sources: King, Florence. Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1985.

Mal"kin (?), n. [Dim. of Maud, the proper name. Cf. Grimalkin.] [Written also maukin.]


Originally, a kitchenmaid; a slattern.



A mop made of clouts, used by the kitchen servant.


A scarecrow.

[Prov. Eng.]

4. Mil.

A mop or sponge attached to a jointed staff for swabbing out a cannon.


© Webster 1913.

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