[mawl] /mɔl/

adjective, German.
(in music) written in a minor key; minor.
noun (slang)
the female accomplice of a gangster
a prostitute

female proper name, shortened form of Molly, itself familiar for Mary. Used from c.1600 for “prostitute;” meaning “companion of a thief” is first recorded 1823. U.S. sense of “a gangster’s girlfriend” is from 1923.


[fr Molly, nickname for Mary]


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