old maid

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: Old Maid


English Wikipedia has an article on:


old maid (plural old maids)

  1. (derogatory) An old woman who has never married; a spinster.
    If she is looking for the perfect man before she marries, she'll be an old maid.
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) A particular kind of periwinkle.
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) A particular kind of zinnia.
  4. An unpopped kernel in a batch of popped popcorn kernels.
    • 2004 April 29 – May 5, "Unpopped Kernels Costing U.S. Billions", The Onion, available in Embedded in America, →ISBN, page 147,
      Crawford asked Congress to double funding for the FDA's $200 million old-maid-elimination research project.
  5. A card game in which cards must be paired and one undesirable card is designated "old maid".
  6. An unpaired card in that game.



See also[edit]