- a brazen or immoral woman.
- a mischievous, impudent, or ill-behaved girl.
Origin of hussy
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Examples from the Web for hussy
I do know that Carson Daly dodged a bullet by breaking off his engagement to that Tara Reid hussy.‘TRL’ Turns 15: The Daily Beast Staff Picks Their Favorite Moments
The Daily Beast
September 14, 2013
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
Yes, that hussy must have fancied, no doubt, that Jean was Maréchal's son.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.
Guy de Maupassant
- a shameless or promiscuous woman
- dialect a folder for needles, thread, etc
Word Origin and History for hussy
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].