biddy

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See also: Biddy and Biddie

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Etymology 1[edit]

Derived from Biddy, diminutive form of Bridget. It came to be generic name for an Irish maid (US), and then an old woman.

Noun[edit]

biddy (plural biddies)

  1. (pejorative) A woman, especially an old woman; especially one regarded as fussy or mean or a gossipy busybody.
  2. (uncommon) An attractive little girl.
  3. (archaic, colloquial) An Irish maidservant.
  4. (by extension, derogatory) Any Irishwoman
  5. A name used in calling a hen or chicken, often as "biddy-biddy-biddy".
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
    • 1915 Burgess, Thornton W., The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel, Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, Ch. XI:
      "Well, we'll see about it by and by," said Farmer Brown's boy. "There's the breakfast bell, and I haven't fed the biddies yet."
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

biddy (plural biddies)

  1. (US) Alternative spelling of bittie