Spin"ster (?), n. [Spin + -ster.]


A woman who spins, or whose occupation is to spin.

She spake to spinster to spin it out. Piers Plowman.

The spinsters and the knitters in the sun. Shak.


A man who spins.



3. Law

An unmarried or single woman; -- used in legal proceedings as a title, or addition to the surname.

If a gentlewoman be termed a spinster, she may abate the writ. Coke.


A woman of evil life and character; -- so called from being forced to spin in a house of correction.



© Webster 1913.