Spinster definition

spĭnstər
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(archaic) A person, especially a woman, whose occupation is spinning thread.
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(often offensive) A woman, especially an older one, who has not married.
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(archaic) A woman who is not married, divorced, or widowed.
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(archaic) A woman who spins thread or yarn.
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(old-fashioned) A middle-aged or older woman who has never married.
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The definition of a spinster is an unmarried, middle-aged or older woman, or a woman who is divorced or widowed.

An example of a spinster is a woman in her sixties who lives alone.

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A woman who has never been married, especially one past the typical marrying age according to social traditions.
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One who spins (puts a spin on) a political media story so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance; a spin doctor, spin merchant or spin master.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
spinster
Plural:
spinsters

Origin of spinster

  • Middle English spinnestere female spinner of thread spinnen to spin spin -estere, -ster -ster

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

  • From spin +"Ž -ster, from a historical notion of unmarried women spinning thread for a living.

    From Wiktionary