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
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In news:

Dating harridan wonders why guys don't text.
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