Definition of malkin in English:

malkin

noun

Regional
archaic
  • 1A mop; a bundle of rags fastened to the end of a stick, especially for cleaning out a baker's oven. regional in later use.

  • 2A scarecrow; a ragged puppet or grotesque effigy; a guy.

  • 3Scottish and English regional (northern). A hare.

Origin

Middle English (in an earlier sense). From the female forename Malkin from Mal, pet-form of the female forename Maud + -kin; in later use sometimes reanalysed as from Mal, Mall, Malle, pet-form of the female forename Mary + -kin.

Pronunciation

malkin

/ˈmɔːlkɪn//ˈmɔːkɪn/