Definitions for: Spinster


[n] someone who spins (who twists fibers into threads)
[n] an elderly unmarried woman



Webster (1913) 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.]

Synonyms: old maid, spinner, thread maker

See Also: maker, shaper, unmarried woman

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