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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.
'This crook-nosed, gross-bodied harpy'; 'this civic sinner, this judicial highwayman'; 'possessing the morals of the Tenderloin and an honor which thieves' honor puts to shame'; 'who compounds criminality with shyster-sharks, and in atonement railroads the unfortunate and impecunious to rotting cells,'--and so forth and so forth, style sophomoric and devoid of the dignity and tone one would employ in a dissertation on 'Surplus Value,' or 'The Fallacies of Marxism,' but just the stuff the dear public likes.
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.
Woman, the toy; woman, the harpy; woman, the necessary wife and mother of the race's offspring,--all this had been his expectation and understanding of woman.
"What a little harpy that woman from Hampshire is, Clump," Squills remarked, "that has seized upon old Tilly Crawley.
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Still, the spectre of death suddenly looms like a menacing harpy, that other mythological bird which the Roman poet described as the vulture.
The harpy eagle soaring, which I'd looked out at from the plane as it zeroed in on its prey.
The origin of this hell-bound harpy in a habit, teased in a post-end credits scene in last year's Annabelle: Creation, provides a couple of predictable jolts, but no lasting shivers in Corin Hardy's creaky supernatural horror.
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Not only does matriarch Dorothy have to contend with sudden widowhood, but she's also faced with church-committee harpy Ozella Meeks sticking her nose in the family business, Dewey's snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving their childhood rivalry.