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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.
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relating to or resembling a spinster
in the manner of a spinster
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In fact, I was downright spinsterly, living happily with two dogs and working 80+ hours a week, when I realized that I probably shouldn't wait any longer to get going on that whole parenting thing.
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To be sure Somerset and Dorset have sea, hills, the melodies of little streams and those squat thatched cottages, where spinsterly knitters gossip, their brains twinkling like needles.