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biddy

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɪdi
 
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Definition of biddy in English:

noun (plural biddies)

informal
A woman, especially an elderly one, regarded as annoying or interfering: the old biddies were muttering in his direction
More example sentences
  • I sound like an old biddy writing this but I think we lose something when interactions are reduced in quality. ‘Manners’ evolved for good purpose.
  • Everyone I asked knew an old biddy who had bought the pharmaceutical company in 1948 and still had it.
  • ‘There have been a few old biddies here today who've been confused about how to vote… ‘said one broadcaster without blinking.’

Origin

early 17th century (originally denoting a chicken): of unknown origin; probably influenced by the use of biddy denoting an Irish maidservant, from Biddy, pet form of the given name Bridget.

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  • Old biddy suggests an interfering or annoying elderly woman, but a biddy was originally ‘a chicken’; the origin is unknown. The word was probably influenced by the use of biddy in the US for an Irish maidservant, which arose from the pet form of Bridget, and extended as a general derogatory word for a ‘woman’ in slang use.

Words that rhyme with biddy

diddy, giddy, kiddie, middy, midi

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