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minx

[mingks] /mɪŋks/
noun
1.
a pert, impudent, or flirtatious girl.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; perhaps < Low German minsk man, impudent woman; cognate with German Mensch; see mensch
Related forms
minxish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for minx

minx

/mɪŋks/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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