gun moll

gun moll

noun Slang.
1.
a female companion of a criminal.
2.
a female criminal.
Also called moll.


Origin:
1905–10; gun in earlier British argot “thief” (see ganef), later taken as gun1, which has influenced sense; cf. son of a gun

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gun moll
 
n
slang a female criminal or a woman who associates with criminals

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gun moll
1908, "female criminal," second element from nickname of Mary, used of disreputable females since early 1600s; first element from slang gonif "thief" (1885), from Yiddish, from Heb. gannabh "thief."
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