Beldam meaning

bĕldəm, -dăm
An old woman, especially one who is considered ugly.
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(obs.) A grandmother.
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An old woman; esp., a hideous old woman; hag.
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Alternative spelling of beldame.
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Origin of beldam

  • Middle English grandmother bel indicating respect (from Old French bel fine) (from Latin bellus deu-2 in Indo-European roots) dame lady dame

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition