Spinster

Spin"ster

(?), n. [Spin + -ster.] 1. A woman who spins, or whose occupation is to spin.
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She spake to spinster to spin it out.
Piers Plowman.
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The spinsters and the knitters in the sun.
Shak.
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2. A man who spins. [Obs.] Shak.
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3. (Law) An unmarried or single woman; -- used in legal proceedings as a title, or addition to the surname.
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If a gentlewoman be termed a spinster, she may abate the writ.
Coke.
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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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