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malkin

[ maw-kin, mawl-, mal- ]
/ ˈmɔ kɪn, ˈmɔl-, ˈmæl- /
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noun British Dialect.

an untidy woman; slattern.
a scarecrow, ragged puppet, or grotesque effigy.
a mop, especially one made from a bundle of rags and used to clean out a baker's oven.
a cat.
a hare.

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Also mawkin.

Origin of malkin

1200–50; Middle English: literally, little Molly, equivalent to Mal, variant of Molly Mary + -kin
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British Dictionary definitions for malkin

malkin
/ (ˈmɔːkɪn, ˈmɔːl-, ˈmæl-) /

noun

an archaic or dialect name for a cat 1 Compare grimalkin
a variant of mawkin

Word Origin for malkin

C13: diminutive of Maud
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