- a cat.
- an old female cat.
- an ill-tempered old woman.
Origin of grimalkin
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Examples from the Web for grimalkin
And Mrs. Grimalkin, the old cat, said that there were faults on both sides.Little Folks (July 1884)
He too pitched on the top of the fence directly in front of Grimalkin.
So narrow was it, however, that even Grimalkin could not venture to move fast.
Grimalkin decides to kill a canary in a neighbouring verandah.Three Elephant Power
Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
Then he told the Farmer about the bargain he had made with Grimalkin.The Giant Crab and Other Tales from Old India
- an old cat, esp an old female cat
- a crotchety or shrewish old woman
C17: from grey + malkin
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Word Origin and History for grimalkin
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