Origin of lass
Examples from the Web for lass
As if there were no other inn but 'The Two Ravens,' and no other lass worth making love to but her!Norston's Rest|Ann S. Stephens
Then noting the shortwood, he exclaimed, “Have you had to go to work again, lass?”Rose O'Paradise|Grace Miller White
The voice of man and woman, lad and lass, master and servant, was mixed in one continuous flow of rustic wit and rural jest.
You are much finer as you are, my lass, with a kerchief round your head.The King of Alsander|James Elroy Flecker
When they went out of doors Lass was standing deserted, with her nose over the water-butt.The Pioneers|Katharine Susannah Prichard
British Dictionary definitions for lass
Word Origin for lass
Word Origin and History for lass
"young woman," c.1300, probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Swedish løsk kona "unmarried woman," but also perhaps related to Old Norse löskr "idle, weak," West Frisian lask "light, thin." Liberman suggests Old Danish las "rag." "Slang words for 'rag' sometimes acquire the jocular meaning 'child' and especially 'girl.'" "Used now only of mean girls" [Johnson, who also has lasslorn "forsaken by his mistress"]. Scottish diminutive lassie first recorded 1725.