minx

minx

[mingks]
noun
a pert, impudent, or flirtatious girl.

Origin:
1535–45; perhaps < Low German minsk man, impudent woman; cognate with German Mensch; see mensch

minxish, adjective
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minx (mɪŋks)
 
n
a bold, flirtatious, or scheming woman
 
[C16: of unknown origin]
 
'minxish
 
adj

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minx
1542, mynx "pet dog," later "pert girl, hussy" (1592), of uncertain origin, perhaps a shortening of minikin "girl, woman," from M.Du. minnekijn "darling, beloved," from minne "love" (see minnesinger) + -kijn, dim. suffix.
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