1. [17C+] a woman, usu. a promiscuous one.
2. [17C+] a prostitute [now survives only in Aus. use].
3. [early 19C+] a girlfriend; esp. in gangster’s moll, a gangster’s female companion.
4. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) a landlady, a proprietress, the ‘lady of the house’; usu. ext. as moll of the crib, moll of the drum.
5. [1920s–70s] (US) an effeminate male homosexual.
6. [1960s] (S.Afr.) a female Teddy Boy.
7. [2010s] (Aus.) an unpleasant woman.
8. see molly n.1 (1)
1. [mid-19C] followed or accompanied by a woman.
2. [mid-19C] sleeping with a woman other than one’s wife; thus moll it up v.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) pertaining to women.
1. [mid-19C+] (UK/US Und./police, also dame buzzer, moll buzzard, moll worker) a pickpocket or a beggar who specializes in women as victims; thus moll-buzzing n. and adj., purse- or bag-snatching; by ext., any minor thief; buzz a moll v.
2. [late 19C–1930s] (US Und.) a female thief, pickpocket or beggar.
[mid-19C] a brothel.
[late 19C–1910s] a female pickpocket.
[late 19C–1900s] a womanizer.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a female pickpocket.
[mid-19C] a handbag; a market basket.
[20C+] a brothel.
see slavey n.
[mid–late 19C] a pickpocket who specialises in female targets; usu. female.
[1930s] (US Und.) a female pickpocket.
1. a pickpocket who specializes in robbing female victims.
2. a female pickpocket.
see moll buzzer
[mid-19C] to run away from one’s mistress.
1. noisy, verbose.
2. in a state of confusion.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a girl or woman of the Underworld.
[late 18C] a proverbial phr. defining the misfortunes as ‘broke the [chamber-] pot, bes[hi]t the bed and cut her a[r]se’ (Grose, 1785).
[early 18C] a prostitute who specializes in stripping and adopting sexually arousing positions before her customer; cites at 1787 refer to a man and woman adept in differenmt sexual positions.
[mid-19C] an honest woman.