Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kitchen servant, or any common woman; a slattern.
- n. Maid Marian, the lady of the morris-dance.
- n. A stuffed figure; a caricature of a woman in dress and general appearance; a scarecrow.
- n. A cat. Compare grimalkin. : The word is used in the following passage as the name of a familiar spirit in the shape of a cat
- n. A hare.
- n. A mop; especially, a mop used to clean a baker's oven.
- n. In gunnery, a jointed staff with a sponge at one end, used for cleaning out cannon.
- n. The little grebe or dabchick.
- Of or pertaining to a malkin or kitchen-wench.
- n. archaic a lower-class or uncultured woman; a kitchenmaid; a slattern
- n. archaic a cat
- n. archaic a mop, especially one used to clean a baker's oven.
- n. archaic, military A mop or sponge attached to a jointed staff for swabbing out a cannon.
- n. archaic A scarecrow.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Originally, a kitchenmaid; a slattern.
- n. A mop made of clouts, used by the kitchen servant.
- n. Prov. Eng. A scarecrow.
- n. (Mil.) A mop or sponge attached to a jointed staff for swabbing out a cannon.
- Diminutive of Malde, an early form of Maude or Matilda. Compare grimalkin. (Wiktionary)
“What did I tell you the first time you came back from the Hospital looking like a malkin, and with a clean shift of clothes laid out for you and the water on the boil, that I couldn't have taken more trouble, no, not for a funeral?”
“Thee looks like a gurt malkin' is a common term of reproach among the poor folk -- meaning a bunch of rags on the end of a stick.”
“The wood embers were raked out with the scraper, and the malkin, being wetted, cleaned out the ashes.”
“Ho, ho!" cried Leander to himself; "an idle tabby malkin, that perhaps never caught a mouse in his life, and I dare say is not descended from a better family than myself, has the honour to sit at table with my mistress: I would fain know whether he loves her so well as I do.”
“Look at them all, for every creature you see here, from 'the seld shown flamen' to the 'kitchen malkin,' belongs soul and body to 'our gracious Empress, 'and Essex and Raleigh are still winning their garlands of the war, -- that is when the scene is taken, but not when it was put in its place and framed in this composition; for their game was up ere then.”
“Then another apparent malkin (Hello, Michelle!) came in followed by two or three more slatterns.”
“Maybe she wanted to be able to strawman - 'i was at the dnc and this is what happened ….' or maybe like many people have suggested she was bate to stir up some anti-nwo shouting, maybe get jostled a bit so that when the police use their pepper guns against truthers they can portray it as 'well they had threatened to kill poor little malkin …”
“Seeing it in so many angles really proves the point that Alex did not say kill malkin.”
“View It » malkin is wrong. and if you're agreeing with her, thats an even greater confirmation that she's wrong. cause you ain't never been right.”
“I think that's the difference between him and malkin, ovechkin or crosby.”
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