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Meaning of SPINSTER

Pronunciation:  'spinstur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  someone who spins (who twists fibers into threads)
  2. [n]  an elderly unmarried woman
 

SPINSTER is a 8 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: old maid, spinner, thread maker
 
 See Also: maker, shaper, unmarried woman

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Spin"ster\, n. [Spin + -ster.]
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. [Obs.] --Shak.

3. (Law) 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. [Obs.]

 

 

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