There was no doubt his friendship had saved her from the worst perils of spinsterhood.
Miss Priest was no "spin" lingering on in spinsterhood against her will.
Or do you look forward to spinsterhood in a cottage with a canary?
She told me once that she was confident my nose was the cause of my spinsterhood.
And in no time at all I shall be thirty—and entering upon a terrible period of spinsterhood!
Six months ago, I yearned to have her as a prop for my spinsterhood, but that Dark Age is about to be folded by.
Richard wondered whether she had pledged herself to spinsterhood, but of course he didn't ask her.
It was evidently Miss Hathaway's treasure box, put away in the attic when spinsterhood was confirmed by the fleeting years.
spinsterhood is trying, I fancy, so we should be patient with the poor old ladies.
And the generations crowded one against another; a girl worried about spinsterhood if she reached seventeen unwed.
mid-14c., "female spinner of thread," from Middle English spinnen (see spin) + -stere, feminine suffix. Spinning commonly done by unmarried women, hence the word came to denote "an unmarried woman" in legal documents from 1600s to early 1900s, and by 1719 was being used generically for "woman still unmarried and beyond the usual age for it."
Spinster, a terme, or an addition in our Common Law, onely added in Obligations, Euidences, and Writings, vnto maids vnmarried. [John Minsheu, "Ductor in Linguas," 1617]