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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HUSSY

Heave the hussy up to her anchor, Mr. Leach, when we will cast an eye to her moorings.

"Now, don't let me see you again with that hussy Cadine," she said.

But the hussy only laughed and dodged the blows, and then hied off to her lover.

In circumstances equally inspiring Bunyan entertained that hussy.

Yes, that hussy must have fancied, no doubt, that Jean was Maréchal's son.

But 'tis my belief that, once let the hussy in, I'll never be rid of her.

"You need not call on him, hussy; you will never see him again," said Mrs. Miller.

A girl had come out of the saloon and the hussy was wearing men's trousers.

All he knows is even a hussy wouldn't strut around like that.

Talkin' about my char-ac-ter, an' before that hussy of a girl, too!

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, "mistress of a household, housewife," alteration of Middle English husewif (see housewife). Gradually broadened to mean "any woman or girl," and by 1650 was being applied to "a woman or girl who shows casual or improper behavior," and a general derogatory sense had overtaken the word by late 18c. "It is common to use housewife in a good, and huswife or hussy in a bad sense" [Johnson].

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