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gun moll

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noun Slang.
  1. a female companion of a criminal.
  2. a female criminal.
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Origin of gun moll

1905–10; gun in earlier British argot “thief” (see ganef), later taken as gun1, which has influenced sense; cf. son of a gun
Also called moll.
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British Dictionary definitions for gun moll

gun moll

noun
  1. slang a female criminal or a woman who associates with criminals
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Word Origin and History for gun moll

1908, "female criminal," second element from nickname of Mary, used of disreputable females since early 1600s; first element from slang gonif "thief" (1885), from Yiddish, from Hebrew gannabh "thief."

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