[ spin-ster ]
/ ˈspɪn stər /
Disparaging and Offensive. a woman still unmarried beyond the usual age of marrying.
Chiefly Law. a woman who has never married.
a woman whose occupation is spinning.
Words nearby spinster
OTHER WORDS FROM spinsterspin·ster·hood, nounspin·ster·ish, adjectivespin·ster·ish·ly, adverbspin·ster·like, adjective
usage note for spinster
The meaning “a woman beyond the usual marriageable age” is used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting. It implies negative qualities such as being fussy or undesirable. See also old maid.
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Examples from the Web for spinsterish
"Carrie" was, in the less desirable aspects of both, at once matronly and spinsterish.Babbitt|Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for spinsterish
/ (ˈspɪnstə) /
an unmarried woman regarded as being beyond the age of marriage
law (in legal documents) a woman who has never marriedCompare feme sole
(formerly) a woman who spins thread for her living
Derived forms of spinsterspinsterhood, nounspinsterish, adjective
Word Origin for spinster
C14 (in the sense: a person, esp a woman, whose occupation is spinning; C17: a woman still unmarried): from spin + -ster
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