old maid

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old maid (plural old maids)

  1. (pejorative) 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. A particular kind of periwinkle.
  3. 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 1400054567, 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.



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