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gun moll

noun, Slang.
1.
a female companion of a criminal.
2.
a female criminal.
Also called moll.
Origin
1905-1910
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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British Dictionary definitions for gun moll

gun moll

noun
1.
(slang) a female criminal or a woman who associates with criminals
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Word Origin and History for 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 Hebrew gannabh "thief."

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Slang definitions & phrases for gun moll

gun moll

noun phrase

A female criminal or a criminal's consort

[1908+; fr gonif rather than fr the firearm; Moll is a diminutive of Mary and has been identified with notorious women since the early 1600s]


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