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grimalkin

[ gri-mal-kin, -mawl- ]
/ grɪˈmæl kɪn, -ˈmɔl- /
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noun
a cat.
an old female cat.
an ill-tempered old woman.
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Origin of grimalkin

1595–1605; apparently alteration of gray1 + malkin, diminutive of Maud proper name; see -kin
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British Dictionary definitions for grimalkin

grimalkin
/ (ɡrɪˈmælkɪn, -ˈmɔːl-) /

noun
an old cat, esp an old female cat
a crotchety or shrewish old woman

Word Origin for grimalkin

C17: from grey + malkin
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