beldam


bel·dam

noun \ˈbel-dəm\

Definition of BELDAM

:  an old woman

Variants of BELDAM

bel·dam or bel·dame \ˈbel-dəm\

Examples of BELDAM

  1. <knocking on the beldam's door on Halloween was once an annual ritual for the kids in the neighborhood>

Origin of BELDAM

Middle English beldam grandmother, from Anglo-French bel beautiful + Middle English dam
First Known Use: 1520

Related to BELDAM

Synonyms
crone (or beldame), carline (or carlin) [chiefly Scottish], hag, hellcat, trot, witch

Rhymes with BELDAM

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