maidenish

maiden

[meyd-n]
noun
1.
a girl or young unmarried woman; maid.
2.
a horse that has never won a race.
3.
a race open only to maiden horses.
4.
an instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.
5.
Cricket. maiden over.
adjective
6.
of, pertaining to, or befitting a girl or unmarried woman.
7.
(of a woman) unmarried: my maiden aunt.
8.
made, tried, appearing, etc., for the first time: a maiden flight.
10.
(of a horse) never having won a race or a prize.
11.
(of a prize or a race) offered for or open only to maiden horses.
12.
untried, as a knight, soldier, or weapon.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English mægden, equivalent to mægd, mæg(e)th (cognate with German Magd, Gothic magaths) + -en -en5

maidenish, adjective
maidenship, noun
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maiden (ˈmeɪdən)
 
n
1.  archaic, literary or
 a.  a young unmarried girl, esp when a virgin
 b.  (as modifier): a maiden blush
2.  horse racing
 a.  a horse that has never won a race
 b.  (as modifier): a maiden race
3.  cricket See maiden over
4.  dialect (Northern English) Also called: clothes maiden a frame on which clothes are hung to dry; clothes horse
5.  (modifier) of or relating to an older unmarried woman: a maiden aunt
6.  (modifier) of or involving an initial experience or attempt: a maiden voyage; maiden speech
7.  (modifier) (of a person or thing) untried; unused
8.  (modifier) (of a place) never trodden, penetrated, or captured
 
[Old English mægden; related to Old High German magad, Old Norse mogr young man, Old Irish mug slave]
 
'maidenish
 
adj
 
'maiden-like
 
adj

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maiden
O.E. mæden, mægden, dim. of mægð, mægeð "maid," from P.Gmc. *magadinom "young womanhood, sexually inexperienced female" (cf. O.S. magath, O.Fris. maged, O.H.G. magad, Ger. Magd "maid, maidservant," Ger. Mädchen "girl, maid," from Mägdchen "little maid"), fem.
variant of PIE base *maghu- "youngster of either sex, unmarried person" (cf. O.E. magu "child, son," Avestan magava- "unmarried," O.Ir. maug "slave"). Figurative sense of "new fresh, first" (cf. maiden voyage) first recorded 1550s.
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