old maid


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old maid

n.
1. Offensive Used as a disparaging term for a woman who is no longer young and has not married.
2. Informal A person regarded as being primly fastidious.
3. Games
a. A card game in which players match cards into pairs using a deck that has an odd number of cards. The player who holds the unmatched card at the end loses.
b. The loser of this game.

old′-maid′ish (-mā′dĭsh) adj.

old maid

n
1. a woman regarded as unlikely ever to marry; spinster
2. informal a prim, fastidious, or excessively cautious person
3. (Card Games) a card game using a pack from which one card has been removed, in which players try to avoid holding the unpaired card at the end of the game
ˌold-ˈmaidish adj

old′ maid′


n.
1. Usually Disparaging. an elderly or confirmed spinster.
2. a fussy, timid, prudish person.
3. a simple card game, played with a deck having one card removed, in which players match pairs, the loser being the holder of the odd card, usu. a queen.
[1520–30]
old′-maid′ish, adj.
usage: Definition 1 is usually used with disparaging intent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.old maid - an elderly unmarried womanold maid - an elderly unmarried woman    
unmarried woman - a woman who is not married
2.old maid - any of various plants of the genus Zinnia cultivated for their variously and brightly colored flower headsold maid - any of various plants of the genus Zinnia cultivated for their variously and brightly colored flower heads
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Zinnia - genus of annual or perennial plants of tropical America having solitary heads of brightly colored flowers
white zinnia, Zinnia acerosa - subshrub with slender woolly stems and long narrow leaves and flower heads with white rays; southern United States and northern Mexico
little golden zinnia, Zinnia grandiflora - subshrub having short leafy stems and numerous small flower heads with nearly round yellow-orange rays; Arizona south to Mexico and east to Kansas
3.old maid - commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish to red flowersold maid - commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish to red flowers
Catharanthus, genus Catharanthus - small genus of erect annual or perennial herbs native to Madagascar; widely naturalized in the tropics; formerly included in genus Vinca
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
4.old maid - the loser in a game of old maid
also-ran, loser - a contestant who loses the contest
5.old maid - a card game using a pack of cards from which one queen has been removed; players match cards and the player holding the unmatched queen at the end of the game is the loser (or `old maid')
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards

old maid

noun
Informal. A person who is too much concerned with being proper, modest, or righteous:
Translations
عانِس، فاتَها وقت الزَّواج
stará panna
pebermø
vanhapiika
vénkisasszony
piparmey
evde kalmış kız

old maid

n (pej) → vecchia zitella

old

(əuld) adjective
1. advanced in age. an old man; He is too old to live alone.
2. having a certain age. He is thirty years old.
3. having existed for a long time. an old building; Those trees are very old.
4. no longer useful. She threw away the old shoes.
5. belonging to times long ago. old civilizations like that of Greece.
old age
the later part of a person's life. He wrote most of his poems in his old age.
old boy/girl
a former pupil (of a school). The new prime minister is an old boy of our school.
ˌold-ˈfashioned adjective
in a style common some time ago. old-fashioned clothes; Her hairstyle is very old-fashioned.
old hand
a person who is very experienced. He's an old hand at this sort of job.
old maid
an unmarried woman who is past the usual age of marriage.
the old
old people. hospitals for the old.
References in classic literature ?
But then, to be an old maid at last, like Miss Bates
This lady was now somewhat past the age of thirty, an aera at which, in the opinion of the malicious, the title of old maid may with no impropriety be assumed.
It shall be on your family's behalf that I'll start my apprenticeship as old maid.
I cannot see why she must be always running down the men, even if she is an old maid.
The head woman, Madame Lardot's factotum, an old maid of forty-six, hideous to behold, lived on the opposite side of the passage to the chevalier.
Mother is not an old maid," said his virgin sister with pinched lips.
In no time you'll be a staid, middle-aged matron, and I shall be nice, old maid Aunt Anne, coming to visit you on vacations.
Your Uncle Roger says it's because there ain't enough old maids in Carlisle.
At twenty-five, girls begin to talk about being old maids, but secretly resolve that they never will be.
It reminds me of the journal I opened with the New Year, once, when I was a boy and a confiding and a willing prey to those impossible schemes of reform which well-meaning old maids and grandmothers set for the feet of unwary youths at that season of the year--setting oversized tasks for them, which, necessarily failing, as infallibly weaken the boy's strength of will, diminish his confidence in himself and injure his chances of success in life.
The old maids, in particular, of forty years and upward, and dry in proportion, devoured his photographs day and night.
With sore hearts, the two shy little old maids watched their steady progress, and speculated as to what fashion of neighbors chance would bring into the little nook which had always been their own.