Mondays With Buddy: Grimalkin


This week’s cat word is an old one which you may not hear very often today – grimalkin. grimalkin [ gri-mal´-kin]  noun  {combination of grey and malkin (cat)}

Grimalkin is an obsolete name for an old  cat with a grumpy disposition – imagine a cantankerous old man or woman as the human version.  Actually, I think that the famous Grumpy Cat may be a grimalkin.

I could never be called a grimalkin because I am a fairly young pleasant cat. But the man’s mommy had a cat named Buster who was definitely a grimalkin.  He was not nice at all and Mommy said he would scratch and bite people.

The word is used in Macbeth as one of the witches addresses her cat.


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