harridan

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n harridan a scolding (even vicious) old woman
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Harridan A worn-out strumpet; a vixenish woman; a hag. "Such a weak, watery, wicked old harridan , substituted for the pretty creature I had been used to see."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n harridan An odious old woman; a hag; a vixenish woman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Harridan har′i-dan a vixenish old woman.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. haridelle, a worn-out horse, jade
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. O. Fr. haridelle, a lean horse, a jade.

Usage

In literature:

The old harridan means to fleece you.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
And I'll tell you what; I believe that old harridan of an aunt of mine is willing to do the same thing now again.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Of all the sniveling, lying, vicious-tongued old harridans!
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
A distinguished New York judge told the following: Two tenement harridans look out of their windows simultaneously.
"As A Chinaman Saw Us" by Anonymous
That old harridan, Lady Rookwood, offered me nearly as much.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
I would give much to have seen the faces of those harridans!
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
Though he did call Lady Eardham a harridan, he resolved that he would keep his promise for the following morning.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Husbands only deserve harridans.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
The ideal poor, grateful and resigned, proved cross and greedy old harridans.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
Query: How best neutralise the spells of these partial harridans?
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
Go and say good-by, however, to the old harridan; I think she has a few conventional tears to shed.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
He almost told himself that he would marry Miss Green, were it not that he was determined not to be dictated to by that old harridan.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
The Lord be praised, the dear child is better, and purer, and honester than either of us old harridans!
"That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 2(of 3)" by Frances Eleanor Trollope
No, I can't fall in love with her, fawning old harridan!
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 3, June, 1851" by Various
When I saw it I was disposed to go straight off to Scotland, and give the old harridan a taste of my quality.
"A Duel" by Richard Marsh
No, I can't fall in love with her, fawning old harridan!
"Harper's Magazine, Vol III, June 1851" by Various
Had it been worth while to summon such a silly harridan?
"The Maid of Honour (Vol. 3 of 3)" by Lewis Wingfield
And dye wouldn't stick on; so I've hired a harridan on two rupees a month to look after it under my own eye.
"The Flower of Forgiveness" by Flora Annie Steel
She was undeniably impressive, almost formidable, he conceded privately, with a touch of the shrew and harridan.
"A Traveler in Time" by August Derleth
I suppose that old harridan, Lady Cumberbridge, told you this precious story.
"Mount Royal, Volume 1 of 3" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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In news:

Dating harridan wonders why guys don't text.
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