Definition of old maid in English:

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old maid



1 derogatory A single woman regarded as too old for marriage: if you don’t mind your tongue, you’ll die an old maid
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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 John 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.
2 [mass noun] A card game in which players collect pairs and try not to be left with an odd penalty card, typically a 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.
3chiefly West Indian another term for periwinkle1.



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