old woman


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n old woman a woman who is old
    • n old woman herb with greyish leaves found along the east coast of North America; used as an ornamental plant
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Additional illustrations & photos:

There was an old woman There was an old woman
Found the Old Woman Sitting Alone--3-17-225 Found the Old Woman Sitting Alone--3-17-225
The old woman brings Dilah to her mother The old woman brings Dilah to her mother
Water pours over the old woman from the hole in the pot Water pours over the old woman from the hole in the pot
What is the Matter? asked the Old Woman What is the Matter? asked the Old Woman
The Sultan smiled at the idea of the son of a poor old woman asking for the hand of his daughter The Sultan smiled at the idea of the son of a poor old woman asking for the hand of his daughter
The old woman wakes up to find the bears looking at her The old woman wakes up to find the bears looking at her
The king examines the old woman's bread The king examines the old woman's bread


  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “There are three classes into which all the women past seventy that ever I knew were to be divided: 1. That dear old soul; 2. That old woman; 3. That old witch.”
  • Mortimer Collins
    Mortimer Collins
    “A man's as old as he's feeling. A woman as old as she looks.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “The short bloom of our brief and narrow life flies far away. While we are calling for flowers and wine and woman, old age is upon us.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “The woman who tells her age is either too young to have anything to lose or too old to have anything to gain.”
  • Dorothy L. Sayers
    Dorothy L. Sayers
    “Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.”
  • Josh Billings
    “If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it as the old woman did her lost spectacles. Safe on her own nose all the time.”


In literature:

On this porch had sat, for years and years, a tawny, silent old woman.
"Shadows of Shasta" by Joaquin Miller
Don't be a foolish old woman, Rudi would have said.
"Hex" by Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
Here there was an old woman busily engaged in picking lettuce.
"Fairy Tales from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
I had gone about half the distance when I met an old woman who was almost bent double with old age and rheumatism.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
She had been changed into a bent, old woman, hobbling along with a stick.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
This old woman is on starvation.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
If she were not an old woman she had been one.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
There was once upon a time an old man and an old woman.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The old woman wore an ordinary woolen dress.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
He knocked, and an old woman opened the door, and she was so old that her chin and her nose met.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle

In poetry:

If I were a woman of old,
What prayers I would pray for you, dear;
My pitiful tribute behold—
Not a prayer, but a tear.
"Impotens" by Amy Levy
The old Woman shriek'd as they entered her door,
'Twas fearful her shrieks to hear,
Now take the sacrament away
For mercy, my children dear!
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
And the woman loved in the old, old way,
And the man in the way of men,
And the poet christened their lives "A Play,"
And he sat down to watch it, and then ...
"At The Play" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
Yea, wheresoe'er her Church its cross uprears,
Wide as the world her story still is told;
In manhood's reverence, woman's prayers and tears,
She lives again whose grave is centuries old.
"The Two Elizabeths" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Why, who, if not the widow, lad?"
But I says, "Widows ain't no go."
"What woman, then, makes you so sad?"
I coughs a bit an' says, "Dunno."
He looked at me, then old Bob Blair
He ran his fingers through his hair.
"Old Bob Blair" by C J Dennis
ON A lonely selection far out in the West
An old woman works all the day without rest,
And she croons, as she toils ’neath the sky’s glassy dome,
‘Sure I’ll keep the ould place till the childer come home.’
"When The Children Come Home" by Henry Lawson

In news:

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office charged a 50-year-old woman with Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery after she allegedly stabbed a Siesta Key hotel manager with a light fixture.
A 30-year-old woman smokes marijuana at a street party after I-502 was approved Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012, in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
An old woman's casually tossed-off words about race continue to rattle ZZ Packer's imagination.
Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputies have charged a Fort Bragg soldier with the rape of a 22-year old woman.
In December, 2001, a 71-year-old woman was referred to us with low back pain.
In September, 2011, a 44-year-old woman presented to our surgical outpatient department with lower abdominal pain of a few weeks' duration, nausea, and vomiting.
A 21 year old woman goes to her gynecologist because her vagina and vulva have been itching for the past three days.
Myrtle Beach police charged a 49-year-old woman with failing to pay for her taxi fare, being disorderly when police approached her about it and then ripping a jail mattress open and crawling inside of it, according to police reports.
A woman has pleaded guilty in the death of an 18-year-old woman whose body was found November 2011 along a county road near Jarrell .
SOUTH PLAINFIELD – An 86-year-old woman sitting in a lawn chair was struck and killed Thursday in Spring Lake Park near Pearl Place, police said on Friday.
Two suspects who dragged a 51-year-old woman in Covington, Georgia with their car may be part of a multi-state crime spree.
A 30-year-old woman was admitted to hospital with persistent fever and a productive cough.
LIVONIA (AP) — Authorities in suburban Detroit say a 73-year-old woman who recently had surgery was killed in a house fire after helping her teenage grandsons escape.
After tweeting yesterday that she was indeed still breathing and doing all the things expected of a healthy, 56-year-old woman, she posted this picture to the Reba McEntire on WhoSay website.
Television station KTRK reports this morning that a teen has been charged in the slaying of an 84-year-old woman whose body was found Sunday in La Marque .