hussy

hussy

[huhs-ee, huhz-ee]
noun, plural hussies.
1.
a brazen or immoral woman.
2.
a mischievous, impudent, or ill-behaved girl.

Origin:
1520–30; earlier hussive housewife


1. trollop, slut. 2. baggage, minx.
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hussy (ˈhʌsɪ, -zɪ)
 
n , pl -sies
1.  a shameless or promiscuous woman
2.  dialect a folder for needles, thread, etc
 
[C16 (in the sense: housewife): from hussifhousewife]

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hussy
1530, "mistress of a household, housewife," alt. of M.E. husewif, from huse "house" + wif "wife." Gradually broadened to mean "any woman or girl," and by 1650 was being applied to "a woman or girl who shows casual or improper behavior," and a general derogatory sense had overtaken the word by 19c. "It
is common to use housewife in a good, and huswife or hussy in a bad sense." [Johnson]
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