[ mingks ]
/ mɪŋks /


a pert, impudent, or flirtatious girl.


Nearby words

  1. minuteman,
  2. minutemen,
  3. minutes,
  4. minutia,
  5. minutiae,
  6. minya,
  7. minyades,
  8. minyan,
  9. minyanim,
  10. minyas

Origin of minx

1535–45; perhaps < Low German minsk man, impudent woman; cognate with German Mensch; see mensch

Related formsminx·ish, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for minx


/ (mɪŋks) /


a bold, flirtatious, or scheming woman
Derived Formsminxish, adjective

Word Origin for minx

C16: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for minx



1540s, mynx "pet dog," later "a young, pert, wanton girl" [Johnson] (1590s), of uncertain origin, perhaps a shortening of minikin "girl, woman," from Middle Dutch minnekijn "darling, beloved," from minne "love" (see minnesinger) + -kijn, diminutive suffix. Klein's sources suggest the word is from Low German minsk "a man," also "an impudent woman," related to German Mensch (see mensch), which also has a sense in vulgar use of "wench, hussy, slut."

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