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shawty[1]

folk etymology slight folk etymology; noun; derivation
Term of endearment used to refer to a female counterpart, usually in a positive connotation. Sometimes used to describe an attractive member of the preferred sex, mainly used by males in regards to women. A slight derivation of the noun "shorty", which meant a short or young person. Over time, the etymology evolved to become a reference to a sometimes attractive female.
 
"Did you see that shawty back there? She is TOO fine."
Etymology : Comes from the Modern English noun shorty "short person," 1888, from short (adj.) + -y. "short" comes from Old High German scurz "short". A slight derivation, etymology changed to mean an attractive female sometime in the late 1900s.
Source : Frequent usage in the hip-hop culture, often used to refer to attractive females on campus at Rice. August 2013
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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