hussy

[ huhs-ee, huhz-ee ]
/ ˈhʌs i, ˈhʌz i /

noun, plural hus·sies.

a brazen or immoral woman.
a mischievous, impudent, or ill-behaved girl.

Origin of hussy

1520–30; earlier hussive housewife
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hussy

/ (ˈhʌsɪ, -zɪ) /

noun plural -sies

a shameless or promiscuous woman
dialect a folder for needles, thread, etc

Word Origin for hussy

C16 (in the sense: housewife): from hussif housewife
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Word Origin and History for hussy

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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