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[mingks] /mɪŋks/
a pert, impudent, or flirtatious girl.
Origin of minx
1535-45; perhaps < Low German minsk man, impudent woman; cognate with German Mensch; see mensch
Related forms
minxish, adjective Unabridged
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  • All one could say was that she had turned out as the child of such proceedings might be expected to turn out--a minx.

    Lady Rose's Daughter Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Ill look after the minx, and tell her some useful truth now and then, too.

  • She is just like her sister, that minx of an Adèle, who stays away from the shop two days out of three.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • "Oh, Mistress Polly, you are a minx," said that reverend gentleman.

    The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson
  • Command the minx to bring forth all her fascinations and allurements.

    The Pirate Woman Aylward Edward Dingle
  • Since the minx had tasted power at Carvel Hall, there was no accounting for her.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Under her breath Stella Croyle murmured passionately, "Oh, you minx!"

    The Summons A.E.W. Mason
  • New flight; the male rests in the sun, then rejoins the minx.

  • This is the second time to-day that minx of yours has slipped through my fingers!

    The Golden Triangle Maurice Leblanc
British Dictionary definitions for minx


a bold, flirtatious, or scheming woman
Derived Forms
minxish, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for minx

1540s, mynx "pet dog," later "a young, pert, wanton girl" [Johnson] (1590s), of uncertain origin, perhaps a shortening of minikin "girl, woman," from Middle Dutch minnekijn "darling, beloved," from minne "love" (see minnesinger) + -kijn, diminutive suffix. Klein's sources suggest the word is from Low German minsk "a man," also "an impudent woman," related to German Mensch (see mensch), which also has a sense in vulgar use of "wench, hussy, slut."

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