Sooterkin

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sooterkin A kind of false birth, fabled to be produced by Dutch women from sitting over their stoves; also, an abortion, in a figurative sense; an abortive scheme. "Fruits of dull heat, and sooterkins of wit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sooterkin A kind of false birth fabled to be produced by Dutch women from sitting over their stoves (Johnson)′ , hence, an abortive scheme or attempt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sooterkin a fabulous birth induced by the Dutch women sitting huddled over their stoves—hence anything fruitless or abortive
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prov. G. suttern, to boil gently
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sót; Dan. sod.

Usage

In literature:

The housewives of Holland no longer bring forth sooterkins by sitting over lighted chauffers.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
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