Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A girl or young woman who is considered pert, flirtatious, or impudent.
  • n. Obsolete A promiscuous woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pert, flirtatious or impudent young woman.
  • n. A mink.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pert or a wanton girl.
  • n. A she puppy; a pet dog.
  • n. The mink; -- called also minx otter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pert girl; a hussy; a jade; a baggage.
  • n. A female puppy.
  • n. Same as mink.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men

Etymologies

Probably from obsolete mynx, playful little dog, perhaps from alteration of obsolete Dutch minneken, darling; see minikin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps from Middle Low German minsk ("wench, hussy") (Wiktionary)
See mink. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She was persuaded the minx was a sly one, and would carry tales.

    St. George and St. Michael

  • _Fouines_, a quadruped known as the minx or mink, _Mustela vison_.

    Voyages of Samuel De Champlain — Volume 03

  • I was alive because Sonsee-array fancied me and was grateful-and also because she was just the kind of minx to enjoy flouting tribal convention by marrying a foreigner.

    Flashman and The Redskins

  • It is to be feared that "minx" was the only right word for Joan

    The Summons

  • The 'minx' shook her curls, and flirted through the window with a handsome but ill-tempered looking man on a fine horse, who praised her 'golden locks,' as he called them; and oddly enough, when Melchior said that the man was a lout, and that the locks in question were corkscrewy carrot shavings, she only seemed to like the man and his compliments the more.

    In the Yule-Log Glow, Book II Christmas Tales from 'Round the World

  • Marks continued by saying, in confidence, and 'quite as between you and me, dear Mary Grace', that Miss Wilkes was a 'minx'.

    Father and Son: a study of two temperaments

  • The "minx" had lost her colour, and, for the moment, her prettiness.

    Sir George Tressady — Volume II

  • The 'minx' shook her curls, and flirted through the window with a handsome but ill-tempered looking man on a fine horse, who praised her 'golden locks,' as he called them; and, oddly enough, when Melchior said the man was a lout, and that the locks in question were corkscrewy carrot shavings, she only seemed to like the man and his compliments the more.

    Melchior's Dream and Other Tales

  • If Rumsfeld is the best thing to happen to the Pentagon in 25 years, the minx is the best thing to happen to Reno’s vodka suppliers ever.

    Think Progress » Boehner Digs In: Rumsfeld Doing ‘Marvelous Job’

  • During evidence she claimed he repeatedly called her a "minx" and made suggestive remarks when they were paired during the personal safety assessment.

    Belfasttelegraph.co.uk - Frontpage RSS Feed

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  • Weirdnet can be so droll.

    July 11, 2009

  • Added to BoW since the standard wrong definition is not mitigated by the standard sort of correct one.

    July 11, 2009

  • "one day...
    not ready yet, not ready yet
    one day...
    there's a little minx
    should I ply her with drinks?
    NO!"

    -Paedogeddon

    ETA: PAGING BEST OF WEIRDNET

    July 11, 2009

  • 1. A flirtatious young woman, probably a bit sassy and provocative, perhaps promiscuous. 2. A young woman who is a ruthless social climber, willing to use all her wiles including her sexuality to fulfill her ambition. 3. A prostitute. (OED)

    July 11, 2009

  • usu. a younger woman. can also be a verb: 'I minxed him shamelessly'

    April 11, 2009