harridan


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har·ri·dan

 (hăr′ĭ-dn)
n.
A woman regarded as critical and scolding.

[Possibly from alteration of French haridelle, old horse, gaunt woman, from Middle French, old broken-down horse : Old French har- as in haraz, stud farm (perhaps from Old Norse hārr, gray-haired, hoary; see race1) + -idelle, feminine n. suffix (of unknown origin).]

harridan

(ˈhærɪdən)
n
a scolding old woman; nag
[C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to French haridelle, literally: broken-down horse; of obscure origin]

har•ri•dan

(ˈhɑr ɪ dn)

n.
a scolding, vicious woman; hag; shrew.
[1690–1700; perhaps alter of French haridelle worn-out horse, gaunt woman]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harridan - a scolding (even vicious) old woman
common scold, nag, nagger, scold, scolder - someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault

harridan

noun shrew, witch, nag, scold, virago, tartar, battle-axe (informal), termagant, Xanthippe, ballbreaker (slang) She was a mean old harridan.
Translations

harridan

[ˈhærɪdən] Nbruja f

harridan

[ˈhærɪdən] (pejorative) nmégère f

harridan

nVettel f, → Drache m
References in classic literature ?
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Those harridans on the panels upstairs have unsettled you.
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The foul-mouthed harridan hopes her daughter Cathy (Jennifer Gibney) will take up the mantle but a dastardly developer, PR Irwin (Dermot Crowley), intervenes with plans to bulldoze the site.
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