Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See malkin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See malkin, and maukin.

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  • noun Alternative form of malkin.
  • noun Alternative form of maukin.
  • noun Ulster simpleton

Etymologies

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From Scots maukin ("hare, simpleton").

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

  • 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, Volume 1.

  • 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 Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

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

    June 26, 2009