Walter Hinteler wrote:
A loose woman:pejorative of German hausfrau meaning housewife.
Where did you find that explanation
Letty is partly correct, Walter, but only partly. The derivation of 'hussy' is more properly not from hausfrau
(the word probably didn't exist yet) but from the proto-Germanic Old English hus-wyf
, meaning 'housewife' (or hausfrau
, if you will
). Thw two languages -- modern German and Old English -- developed in a parallel path until 1066 when Duke Guilliame (William or Wilhelm) of Normandy invaded England and Norman French became the language of the Court. From that point, the development of English took a Francophic turn while that of German continued on its straight path right to tady's Hochdeutsch.