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or bel·dame  (bĕl′dəm, -dăm)
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


or beldame
An ugly, frightening old woman:
Slang: biddy.
Archaic: trot.
References in classic literature ?
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.
I have a curiosity to hear my fortune told: therefore, Sam, order the beldame forward.
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.
The moment he produced the glittering earbobs, the whimpering and whining of the sempiternal beldame was at an end.
says Judy, making an ancient snap at her like a very sharp old beldame.
You're gossiping like a pair of beldames," she chided them.
If ever you listen to these beldames again, I'll bite you.
A return to racing appeared out of the question but on surgeon Dr Larry Bramlage's advice, she came back as a three-year-old and reeled off four consecutive wins including the Grade 1 Beldame Stakes.
jjBelmont Beldame Stakes (Grade 1) 1m1f, dirt, 3yo+ f/m Godolphin's American branch landed their fifth Grade 1 success since the start of August when Music Note (Saeed Bin Suroor/Rajiv Maragh) recorded a straightforward victory in the Beldame.
Godolphin will have high hopes of their fifth Grade 1 win since the start of August with Music Note (Saeed Bin Suroor/Rajiv Maragh), who is likely to start odds-on for the $600,000 Beldame.
This is a vote for what Sharp Cat achieved in her brief season: She never trailed while going 4 for 4 by a combined 23 lengths and earned a Beyer speed figure (119) in Skip Away's realm when she and jockey Corey Nakatani ran away with the Beldame.
Baffert's Breeders' Cup preparations suffered setbacks at odds-on Sunday when leading California 2-year-old Forest Camp lost to Dixie Union in a fast-paced Norfolk Stakes at sunny Santa Anita and 3-year-old superfilly Silverbulletday was simply outrun by Beautiful Pleasure in the Beldame at soggy Belmont Park.