harridan

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhæɹ.ɪ.dən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɛɹ.ɪ.dən/, /ˈhæɹ.ɪ.dən/
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Noun[edit]

harridan (plural harridans)

  1. A vicious and scolding woman, especially an older one.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 13:
      Why is that tattling old harridan, Peggy O'Dowd, to make free with my name at her d—d supper-table, and advertise my engagement over the three kingdoms?

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