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spin·ster

 (spĭn′stər)
n.
1. Often Offensive A woman, especially an older one, who has not married.
2. Archaic A person, especially a woman, whose occupation is spinning thread.

[Middle English spinnestere, female spinner of thread : spinnen, to spin; see spin + -estere, -ster, -ster.]

spin′ster·hood′ n.
spin′ster·ish, spin′ster·ly adj.

spinster

(ˈspɪnstə)
n
1. an unmarried woman regarded as being beyond the age of marriage
2. (Law) law (in legal documents) a woman who has never married. Compare feme sole
3. (Textiles) (formerly) a woman who spins thread for her living
[C14 (in the sense: a person, esp a woman, whose occupation is spinning; C17: a woman still unmarried): from spin + -ster]
ˈspinsterˌhood n
ˈspinsterish adj

spin•ster

(ˈspɪn stər)

n.
1. Usually Disparaging. a woman who has remained unmarried beyond the conventional age for marriage in her culture or society.
2. Chiefly Law. a woman who has never married.
3. a woman whose occupation is spinning.
[1325–75; Middle English spinnestere a woman who spins. See spin, -ster]
spin′ster•hood`, n.
spin′ster•ish, adj.
spin′ster•ish•ly, adv.
spin′ster•like`, adj.
usage: Definition 1 is usually used with disparaging intent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spinster - an elderly unmarried womanspinster - an elderly unmarried woman    
unmarried woman - a woman who is not married
2.spinster - someone who spins (who twists fibers into threads)spinster - someone who spins (who twists fibers into threads)
maker, shaper - a person who makes things
Translations
عَانِسعانِس
stará panna
gammeljomfru
vanhapiikakehrääjä
usidjelica
kézifonónővénkisasszonyvénlány
ógift kona
独身女性
미혼여성
vecmeita
stara devica
gammal ungmö
สตรีที่ไม่ได้แต่งงาน
evde kalmış kızkız kurusu
bà cô

spinster

[ˈspɪnstəʳ] Nsoltera f (pej) → solterona f

spinster

[ˈspɪnstər] n (old-fashioned)vieille fille f

spinster

nUnverheiratete f, → Ledige f; (pej)alte Jungfer (pej); Mary Jones, spinsterdie ledige Mary Jones; to be a spinsterunverheiratet or ledig or eine alte Jungfer (pej)sein

spinster

[ˈspɪnstəʳ] n (old) → zitella

spinster

(ˈspinstə) noun
a woman who is not married.

spinster

عَانِس stará panna gammeljomfru alte Jungfer γεροντοκόρη solterona vanhapiika vieille fille usidjelica zitella 独身女性 미혼여성 oude vrijster peppermø stara panna solteirona старая дева gammal ungmö สตรีที่ไม่ได้แต่งงาน kız kurusu bà cô 老处女
References in classic literature ?
Now this lady was a thin, yellow spinster, with a sharp nose and inquisitive eyes, who saw everything and gossiped about all she saw.
These two were followed by an accommodating spinster relative, who accepted the heavy dramatic responsibility of "Mrs.
Where have you been living all these years, if you do not know that the very first thing a woman wants to do when she has made a good match is to make ones for all her spinster friends.
Josette opened the door; and the Vicomte de Troisville, followed by the Abbe de Sponde, presented himself to the eyes of the spinster.
She presided over the female part of the domestic arrangements, in the capacity of housekeeper; was a spinster, and bore the name of Remarkable Pettibone.
I think it was the flowers that won my suit, for I afterward found that Miss Tita (for such the name of this high tremulous spinster proved somewhat incongruously to be) had an insatiable appetite for them.
I was half-dragged up to the altar, and before I knew where I was I found myself mumbling responses which were whispered in my ear, and vouching for things of which I knew nothing, and generally assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to Godfrey Norton, bachelor.
Formerly Caroline Jellyby, spinster, then of Thavies Inn, within the city of London, but extra-parochial; now of Newman Street, Oxford Street.
When a bachelor interests, and dominates, and teaches, and becomes important to a spinster, as Higgins with Eliza, she always, if she has character enough to be capable of it, considers very seriously indeed whether she will play for becoming that bachelor's wife, especially if he is so little interested in marriage that a determined and devoted woman might capture him if she set herself resolutely to do it.
Pepper, indeed, created a diversion of a kind by leaping on to his seat, both feet tucked under him, with the action of a spinster who detects a mouse, as the draught struck at his ankles.
It is a painful thought to me to-night, that he could wake up glorious once, this man in the elbow-chair by the fire, who is humorously known at the club as a "confirmed spinster.
he made up to an elderly spinster, and married her, not long since; weighing her heavy purse against her faded charms, and expecting to find that solace in gold which was denied him in love--ha, ha