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Har·py

 (här′pē)
n. pl. Har·pies
1. Greek Mythology One of several loathsome, voracious monsters with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail, wings, and talons of a bird.
2. harpy A predatory person.
3. harpy A shrewish woman.

[Latin harpȳia, singular of Latin harpȳiae, the Harpies, from Greek harpūiai.]

harpy

(ˈhɑːpɪ)
n, pl -pies
a cruel grasping woman
[C16: from Latin Harpyia, from Greek Harpuiai the Harpies, literally: snatchers, from harpazein to seize]

Harpy

(ˈhɑːpɪ)
n, pl -pies
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a ravenous creature with a woman's head and trunk and a bird's wings and claws

Har•py

(ˈhɑr pi)

n., pl. -pies.
1. any of a group of winged supernatural beings of classical myth, two or three in number, portrayed by later authors as rapacious female monsters.
2. (l.c.) a scolding, bad-tempered woman; shrew.
3. (l.c.) a greedy, predatory person.
[1540–50; < Latin Harpȳia, singular of Harpȳiae < Greek Hárpȳiai (pl.), literally, snatchers, akin to harpázein to snatch away]
harp′y•like`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harpy - a malicious woman with a fierce temperharpy - a malicious woman with a fierce temper
disagreeable woman, unpleasant woman - a woman who is an unpleasant person
2.Harpy - (Greek mythology) vicious winged monster; often depicted as a bird with the head of a woman
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth
3.harpy - any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubesharpy - any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes
fruit bat, megabat - large Old World bat of warm and tropical regions that feeds on fruit
genus Nyctimene, Nyctimene - East Indian fruit bats
4.harpy - large black-and-white crested eagle of tropical Americaharpy - large black-and-white crested eagle of tropical America
bird of Jove, eagle - any of various large keen-sighted diurnal birds of prey noted for their broad wings and strong soaring flight
genus Harpia, Harpia - a genus of Accipitridae

harpy

noun
A person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes:
Informal: battle-ax.
Translations

harpy

[ˈhɑːpɪ] Narpía f

harpy

[ˈhɑːrpi] n
(in mythology)harpie f
(pejorative) (= woman) → mégère f, harpie f

harpy

nHarpyie f; (= shrewish woman)Hexe f; (= grasping person)Hyäne f

Harpy

[ˈhɑːpɪ] n (Myth) (fig) → arpia
References in classic literature ?
Immediately he took the shape of a harpy, and, filled with rage, was determined to devour his son, and even the Princess too, if only he could overtake them.
Automedon therefore yoked the fleet horses Xanthus and Balius, steeds that could fly like the wind: these were they whom the harpy Podarge bore to the west wind, as she was grazing in a meadow by the waters of the river Oceanus.
Nothing short of the twelve dollars and a half will satisfy this harpy, I perceive; and surely my reputation as judge is worth that trifle.
But her most subtle wiles proved ineffectual in ridding her, even for a moment, of her harpy jailer; and now that the final summons had come she was beside herself for a lack of means to thwart her captor.
What a little harpy that woman from Hampshire is, Clump," Squills remarked, "that has seized upon old Tilly Crawley.
Foraging ecology of reintroduced captive-bred subadult Harpy Eagles (Harpia harpyja) on Barro Colorado Island, Panama.
French woman Anna Smirnoff, 48, allegedly turned from a bright and articulate women into a harpy who chased the dad yelling obscenities and stood naked at his home.
Bynes alternates between doe-eyed and zany and tongue-tied, playing her heroine like the quintessential teenage fan, down to screaming like a deranged harpy at a Masters concert in the opening sequence.
Into Catherine's fragile world come two visitors, one unwelcome (her harpy sister, Claire, a thankless, one-note character played by Hope Davis) and the other (a former student of her father's, Hal, played unconvincingly by Gyllenhaal) unwelcome initially, but who soon finds himself in Catherine's bed.
I have no real hostility or regard for the royals - I couldn't care less, but it seems to me that Diana developed into a bitter harpy who gave Charles a really bad time.
Her girl- next-door roles matured into supportive wives until she showed what she could do as a vindictive harpy in The Shrike (1955) opposite Jose Ferrer.
Hi-De-Hi's one-time sweet-natured chalet maid Peggy has been transformed into a booze-guzzling harpy for family musical Annie.