Merkin meaning

mûrkĭn
A woman's pubic wig. Worn for nude stage appearances and by women after shaving their pubic hair (originally to eliminate lice, etc.; now often as a fashion item).
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A mop for cleaning cannon.
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(UK, slang, pejorative) An American.
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A pubic wig.
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Origin of merkin

  • Alteration of obsolete malkin lower-class woman, mop from Middle English from Malkin diminutive of the name Matilda

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the similar pronunciation to American.

    From Wiktionary

  • 1617, probably a variant form of malkin.

    From Wiktionary