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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 ?
There were drunken peasants; snub-nosed old harridans in slippers; bareheaded artisans; cab drivers; every species of beggar; boys; a locksmith's apprentice in a striped smock, with lean, emaciated features which seemed to have been washed in rancid oil; an ex-soldier who was offering penknives and copper rings for sale; and so on, and so on.
Those harridans on the panels upstairs have unsettled you.
Parry as somewhat elderly, by no means beautiful, very much made up--an insolent old harridan, in short, whose parties were amusing because one met odd people; but Helen herself always pitied poor Mr.
It was her keeper who tore her away in the end, cling as she would to Michael, screaming all the while like a harridan.
Why is that tattling old harridan, Peggy O'Dowd, to make free with my name at her d--d supper-table, and advertise my engagement over the three kingdoms?
It was like a goad to the painted, shiny-eyed harridan on the sofa.
One of the most outrageously entertaining harridans ever to disgrace the screen, Her foul-mouthed Ladyship delivered a textbook lesson in how to JUNGLE QUEEN?
As they're quickly seen for what they are - harridans.
Marsland acts her socks off as a pair of old harridans (the latter a mix of Nellie Boswell, Agnes Brown and Kathy Bates in Misery), while the second generational part of Kearney's tale is narratively the more engaging.
Perhaps I should have gone into Italian politics" Sarah Wollaston, on becoming a Tory MP "The screeching harridans of hatred are tearing into the only asset the Tory Cabinet has: the acceptable blokeiness of Ken Clarke which gives the Government a glint of humanity" Labour MP Paul Flynn
Take a look at Loose Women, on which a panel of harridans waxes (or should that be bikini waxes) lyrical on the subject of men.
Cue a two-pronged attack from Tory harridans Edwina Currie and Ann Widdecombe, bleating that jobs should be awarded only on merit.