Definitions

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  • n. Alternative form of malkin.
  • n. Alternative form of maukin.
  • n. simpleton

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See malkin, and maukin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See malkin.

Etymologies

From Scots maukin ("hare, simpleton"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He then became merry, and observed how little we had either heard or said at Aberdeen: that the Aberdonians had not started a single mawkin (the Scottish word for hare) for us to pursue.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • The King's mother, the Electress Sophia, had commented on her to Mrs. Howard: “Look at that mawkin, and think of her being my son's passion.”

    Lady Mary Wortley Montague

  • She's a perfect meeracle, and as soople as a mawkin '.'

    The Human Side of Animals

  • I know I am a vast nuisance; 'tis the penalty, my dear, for having a country mawkin as your best friend.

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45

  • Perhaps you mean the mawkin that was put up to scare birds from the peas in the garden, for it has more in its head than Tom.

    The Virgin of the Sun

  • He then became merry, and observed how little we had either heard or said at Aberdeen: that the Aberdonians had not started a single mawkin

    Life of Johnson

  • The duchess was always frightful; so much so that one night the electress, who had acquired a little English, said to Mrs. Howard, afterwards Lady Suffolk, -- glancing at Mademoiselle Schulemberg -- 'Look at that _mawkin_, and think of her being my son's passion!'

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Volume 1

  • Sae what's to come o 'us I canna weel see -- I doubt I'll hae to tak the hills wi' the wild whigs, as they ca 'them, and then it will be my lo to be shot down like a mawkin at some dikeside, or to be sent to heaven wi' a Saint

    Old Mortality, Complete

  • Mademoiselle Schulemberg, though by no means an inviting object-so little, that one evening when she was in waiting behind the Electress's chair at a ball, the Princess Sophia, who had made herself mistress of the language of her future subjects, said in English to Mrs. Howard, afterwards Countess of Suffolk, then at her court, "Look at that mawkin, and think of her being my son's passion!"

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 1

  • a filthy knave, a deformed quean, a crooked carcass, a mawkin, a witch, a rotten post, a hedgestake may be so set out and tricked up, that it shall make as fair a show, as much enamour as the rest: many a silly fellow is so taken.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

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  • (n): a mop used to clean an oven. Gloucestershire dialect.

    June 26, 2009