E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A little hussy. A word of slight contempt, though in some counties it seems to mean simply girl, as Come hither, hussy. Of course, the word is a corruption of housewife or hussif. In Swedish hustru means woman in general. It is rather remarkable that mother in Norfolk has given rise to a similar sort of word, morther, as Come hither, mortheri.e. girl. Neither hussy nor morther is applied to married women. In Norfolk they also say mor for a female, and bor for the other sex. Moer is Dutch for woman in general, and boer for peasant, whence our boor.