Spinster

spinster

1. A woman who spins, or whose occupation is to spin. She spake to spinster to spin it out. (Piers Plowman) The spinsters and the knitters in the sun. (Shak)

2. A man who spins.

3. An unmarried or single woman; used in legal proceedings as a title, or addition to the surname. If a gentlewoman be termed a spinster, she may abate the writ. (coke)

4. A woman of evil life and character; so called from being forced to spin in a house of correction.

Origin: Spin _ -ster.

Retrieved from "http://www.biology-online.org/bodict/index.php?title=Spinster&oldid=6935"
First | Previous (Spins) | Next (Spinstress) | Last
Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page.