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grɪˈmæl kɪn, -ˈmɔl-gri·malkin

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  1. Grimalkinnoun

    A bad-tempered old woman.


  1. grimalkinnoun

    A cat, especially an elderly female.

  2. grimalkinnoun

    An old, bad-tempered woman; a crone.

  3. Etymology: From grey + malkin; "grey-haired cat" or "grey-haired woman"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Grimalkinnoun

    Etymology: gris, French, grey, and malkin, or little Moll.

    So, poets sing,
    Grimalkin, to domestick vermin sworn
    An everlasting foe, with watchful eye
    Lies nightly brooding o’er a chinky gap,
    Protending her fell claws, to thoughtless mice
    Sure ruin. Phillips.


  1. Grimalkin

    A grimalkin, also known as a greymalkin, is an archaic term for a cat. The term stems from "grey" (the colour) plus "malkin", an archaic term with several meanings (a low class woman, a weakling, a mop, or a name) derived from a hypocoristic form of the female name Maud. Scottish legend makes reference to the grimalkin as a faery cat that dwells in the highlands. During the early modern period, the name grimalkin – and cats in general – became associated with the devil and witchcraft. Women tried as witches in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries were often accused of having a familiar, frequently a grimalkin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grimalkinnoun

    an old cat, esp. a she-cat

  2. Etymology: [For graymalkin; gray + malkin.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grimalkin

    gri-mal′kin, n. an old cat, a cat generally. [Gray, and malkin, a dim. of Moll=Mary.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grimalkin in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grimalkin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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