Harridan meaning

hărĭ-dn
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The definition of a harridan is a mean, old lady.

An example of a harridan is an 85 year old woman who yells at everyone who passes by her home.

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A woman regarded as critical and scolding.
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A nasty, bad-tempered woman, esp. an old one.
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A vicious and scolding woman, especially an older one.
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Origin of harridan

  • Possibly from French haridelle gaunt woman, old horse, nag

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

  • Perhaps a modification of French haridelle (“old horse, nag”).

    From Wiktionary