Moll vs Molly - What's the difference?

moll | molly |

As proper nouns the difference between moll and molly

is that moll is a pet name for mary while molly is (female).

As a noun molly is

(north america) the crystalline or powdered form of mdma.



Etymology 1

From Moll, an archaic nickname for Mary (see also Molly).

Alternative forms

* mole (qualifier)


(en noun)
  • A female companion of a gangster, especially a former or current prostitute.
  • *
  • *:The Bat—they called him the Bat.. Most lone wolves had a moll' at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a ' moll , not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.
  • A prostitute or woman with loose sexual morals.
  • Bitch, slut; an insulting epithet applied to a female .
  • A girlfriend of a bikie.
  • *1979 , Eric Reade, History and Heartburn: The Saga of Australian Film, 1896-1978 , p.209:
  • *:The bikies ‘molls ’ included Susan Lloyd as Tart; Victoria Anoux as Flossie; and Rosalind Talamini as Sunshine.
  • *1995 , (Debra Adelaide), The Hotel Albatross , p.76:
  • *:‘Oh God!’ groans Julie who once was a bikie moll back in the early seventies. ‘Hope it?s no one I know.’ But the Machismos turn out to be based on a New Zealand gang, which assembled in Australia after her time.
  • *2009 , Albert Moran, Errol Vieth, The A to Z of Australian and New Zealand Cinema , p.142:
  • *:Gilling first appeared as the biker?s moll' Vanessa in '''''Stone'' (1974) and the beautiful, evil cabin attendant in ''Number 96 (1974).
  • A girlfriend of a surfie; blends with pejorative sense .
  • Usage notes
    (girlfriend of a surfie or bikie) Because Australian pronunciation merges the /?/ and /??/ phonemes before /l/ (both become [o?l]), this word is very commonly spelt mole'' in Australia, probably by contamination with . Indeed, the Australian Oxford dictionary does not list the Australian meaning of the term under the headword ''moll'', but only under ''mole'', although it does recognise that ''mole'' in this sense is “probably” a mere “variant of ''moll ”.
    * (sense, surfie's girlfriend) chick

    Etymology 2

    (etyl), from (etyl) (lena) .


  • (music, obsolete) minor; in the minor mode
  • A moll , that is, A minor
    (Webster 1913) ----




  • A woman or girl, especially of low status.
  • (slang) An effeminate male, a male homosexual.
  • (slang) Pure MDMA powder.
  • A fish of the genus Poecilia .
  • A mollemoke.
  • A female cat; a she-cat.
  • A molly bolt.
  • Derived terms

    * mollycoddle

    See also

    * guppy