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harridan (plural harridans)
- A vicious and scolding woman, especially an older one.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:shrew
- 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?
vicious and scolding woman