beldame


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bel·dam

or bel·dame  (bĕl′dəm, -dăm)
n.
An old woman, especially one who is considered ugly.

[Middle English, grandmother : bel, indicating respect (from Old French bel, fine, from Latin bellus; see deu- in Indo-European roots) + dame, lady; see dame.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beldame - an ugly evil-looking old womanbeldame - an ugly evil-looking old woman  
old woman - a woman who is old
2.beldame - a woman of advanced agebeldame - a woman of advanced age    
old woman - a woman who is old

beldam

or beldame
noun
An ugly, frightening old woman:
Slang: biddy.
Archaic: trot.
References in classic literature ?
The moment he produced the glittering earbobs, the whimpering and whining of the sempiternal beldame was at an end.
But it was not the withered hand of the angry old beldame that fell on the managerial ear, but the envelope itself, the cause of all the trouble, the magic envelope that opened with the blow, scattering the bank-notes, which escaped in a fantastic whirl of giant butterflies.
I have a curiosity to hear my fortune told: therefore, Sam, order the beldame forward.
says Judy, making an ancient snap at her like a very sharp old beldame.
Jurgis was willing, and so was Duane, and so they went to one of the high-class poolrooms where brokers and merchants gambled (with society women in a private room), and they put up ten dollars each upon a horse called "Black Beldame," a six to one shot, and won.
If ever you listen to these beldames again, I'll bite you.
You're gossiping like a pair of beldames," she chided them.
The biggest contributor to his record was Sightseek, a filly who won four Grade 1s that year including the Beldame Stakes.
AW: But let's not forget, Zenyatta's camp wanted to run in the Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park in October and would have shipped there if Jess Jackson had committed Rachel to the race.
The young gallants in this play disparage Wise-woman, calling her "the Witch, the Beldame, the Hagge of Hogsdon" and "Inchantresse, Sorceresse, Shee-devill .
She depicts Human Justice as "a red, random beldame," and her house filled with suppliants as "the den of confusion," while "she smoked and she sipped and she enjoyed her paradise" (495-96).