来自 spin,纺织，编织，-ster,表阴性。即纺纱者，后代指老处女，老姑娘，含强烈的暗示意 味。
- spinster: see spin
- spinster (n.)
- mid-14c., "female spinner of thread," from Middle English spinnen (see spin) + -stere, feminine suffix (see -ster). Unmarried women were supposed to occupy themselves with spinning, hence the word came to be "the legal designation in England of all unmarried women from a viscount's daughter downward" [Century Dictionary] in documents from 1600s to early 1900s, and by 1719 the word was being used generically for "woman still unmarried and beyond the usual age for it."
Spinster, a terme, or an addition in our Common Law, onely added in Obligations, Euidences, and Writings, vnto maids vnmarried. [John Minsheu, "Ductor in Linguas," 1617]
Strictly in reference to those who spin, spinster also was used of both sexes (compare webster, baxter, brewster) and so a double-feminine form emerged, spinstress "a female spinner" (1640s), which by 1716 also was being used for "maiden lady." Related: Spinsterhood.
- 1. He left his Montana ranch to his spinster sister.
- 2. There's nothing shameful in being a spinster.
- 3. It'sounds like some old spinster with a pleated skirt and frilly blouse.
- 4. A spinster is a bachelor's wife.
- 5. However, some of college's crisis are originated her menopause chaos -- she is an old spinster.
- 但是, 某些学园危机是因为她的更年期混乱引发的 —— 顺便说下她是老处女.
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