- spinoza, baruch,
- spinoza, benedict,
Origin of spinster
Examples from the Web for spinster
Ass-kicking, bad guy-killing Carter is just a future spinster.
Deep they needed to be, because the Nazis could take offense quicker than a prudish Victorian spinster.Did Hollywood Collaborate With Hitler? A New Book Makes Bold Claims.|Christopher Bray|September 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Susan, a spinster who has never been kissed, has named me as the man she wants to end this unfortunate situation with.
And didst thou marry, or art thouStill of the spinster tribe?In the Track of the Bookworm|Irving Browne
There are good points even in the spinster; when shall we learn that the best of us are not wholly good, nor the worst wholly bad?
Me—a spinster from my youth up and never a thought of a man!The Torch and Other Tales|Eden Phillpotts
Of course, he was a bachelor nominally unattached—she appreciated that—just as she was a spinster very actually unattached.When Ghost Meets Ghost|William Frend De Morgan
Her spinster friend looked on her sad, pale face, gazing dreamily into the forest.The Tenants of Malory|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Word Origin for spinster
mid-14c., "female spinner of thread," from Middle English spinnen (see spin) + -stere, feminine suffix. Spinning commonly done by unmarried women, hence the word came to denote "an unmarried woman" in legal documents from 1600s to early 1900s, and by 1719 was being used generically for "woman still unmarried and beyond the usual age for it."
Spinster, a terme, or an addition in our Common Law, onely added in Obligations, Euidences, and Writings, vnto maids vnmarried. [John Minsheu, "Ductor in Linguas," 1617]