One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A cat (used especially in reference to its characteristically feline qualities)
cat, domestic cat, wild cat, alley cat, kittenView synonyms
- ‘She's written six paranormal romances about love complicated by grimalkins, witches, Druids, mermaids, and even mad scientists.’
- 1.1 A spiteful old woman.
Late 16th century: from grey + Malkin (pet form of the given name Matilda).
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