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hussy

[huhs-ee, huhz-ee] /ˈhʌs i, ˈhʌz i/
noun, plural hussies.
1.
a brazen or immoral woman.
2.
a mischievous, impudent, or ill-behaved girl.
Origin of hussy
1520-1530
1520-30; earlier hussive housewife
Synonyms
1. trollop, slut. 2. baggage, minx.
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  • Heave the hussy up to her anchor, Mr. Leach, when we will cast an eye to her moorings.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • "Now, don't let me see you again with that hussy Cadine," she said.

  • But the hussy only laughed and dodged the blows, and then hied off to her lover.

  • In circumstances equally inspiring Bunyan entertained that hussy.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Yes, that hussy must have fancied, no doubt, that Jean was Maréchal's son.

  • But 'tis my belief that, once let the hussy in, I'll never be rid of her.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • "You need not call on him, hussy; you will never see him again," said Mrs. Miller.

    Clotelle William Wells Brown
  • All he knows is even a hussy wouldn't strut around like that.

    The Premiere Richard Sabia
  • A girl had come out of the saloon and the hussy was wearing men's trousers.

    The Premiere Richard Sabia
British Dictionary definitions for hussy

hussy

/ˈhʌsɪ; -zɪ/
noun (pl) -sies
1.
a shameless or promiscuous woman
2.
(dialect) a folder for needles, thread, etc
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: housewife): from hussifhousewife
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Word Origin and History for hussy
n.

1520s, "mistress of a household, housewife," alteration of Middle English husewif (see housewife). Gradually broadened to mean "any woman or girl," and by 1650 was being applied to "a woman or girl who shows casual or improper behavior," and a general derogatory sense had overtaken the word by late 18c. "It is common to use housewife in a good, and huswife or hussy in a bad sense" [Johnson].

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