hussy

A hussy is a woman or girl who's disrespectful or immoral. Your old fashioned grandmother might call your brother's live-in girlfriend a hussy.

The noun hussy is an insulting and somewhat antique way to refer to a woman whose actions don't line up with traditional ideas of being respectable. A sexually bold women is most likely to be called a hussy, especially if she's seen as "stealing" another woman's partner. Originally, hussy was a shortening of the Middle English husewif, "housewife." Through the 1500's, hussy came to mean "any woman or girl," and by the 1650's it meant "an improper woman or girl."

Definitions of hussy
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n a woman adulterer

Synonyms:
adulteress, fornicatress, jade, loose woman, strumpet, trollop
Type of:
adulterer, fornicator
someone who commits adultery or fornication

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