- Obs. a grandmother
- an old woman; esp., a hideous old woman; hag
Origin of beldamME, grandmother from bel, good, beautiful from Old French bel, used as term of affection and respect in the Middle Ages (see beau) + dame
An old woman, especially one who is considered ugly.
Origin of beldamMiddle English grandmother bel indicating respect ( from Old French bel fine ) ( from Latin bellus ; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots.) dame lady ; see dame .
- Alternative spelling of beldame.