Definition of old maid in English:

old maid

Syllabification: old maid

noun

  • 1 derogatory A single woman regarded as too old for marriage.
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    • Do you wish for you and your sister to grow into single old maids?
    • As illegal divers working for the Asian export market continue to thin abalone populations, the survivors are dying off as old maids and bachelors.
    • The daughter was heartbroken, never married and died an old maid.
  • 1.1A prim and fussy person: he said James was an old maid
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    • The epitome of a fussy old maid, Mrs. B. operated with a few less sandwiches than it takes to make a picnic.
  • 2A card game in which players collect pairs and try not to be left with an odd penalty card, typically a black queen.
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    • The school is also encouraging parents to introduce their children to cards games such as old maid, snap and bridge.
    • As in old maid, you do not know what card you are going to take, and the player you are taking the card from does not know which one you will take.
    • Steph has a poker face as good as my 4 year old daughter playing old maid.

Derivatives

old-maidish

adjective

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