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noun Slang.
  1. gun moll.
  2. Archaic. a prostitute.
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Origin of moll1

special use of Moll


adjective German.
  1. (in music) written in a minor key; minor.
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  1. a female given name.
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Historical Examples

  • Truly, my dear Moll Peascod would never know me in this dress.

    The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    Howard Pyle

  • And old Moll, also in her best clothes, stood behind her mistress's chair.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • At the door of the hall Donovan stopped and turned to von Moll.

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

  • Gorman edged up close to von Moll and caught him by the elbow.

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

  • If a horse sweats in the stable, Moll White has been upon his back.

    The De Coverley Papers

    Joseph Addison and Others

British Dictionary definitions for moll


noun slang
  1. the female accomplice of a gangster
  2. a prostitute
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Word Origin

C17: from Moll, familiar form of Mary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for moll


female proper name, shortened form of Molly, itself familiar for Mary. Used from c.1600 for "prostitute;" meaning "companion of a thief" is first recorded 1823. U.S. sense of "a gangster's girlfriend" is from 1923.

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