harpy


har·py

noun \ˈhär-pē\

Harpy : an evil creature in Greek mythology that is part woman and part bird

: an angry and unpleasant woman

plural harpies

Full Definition of HARPY

1
capitalized :  a foul malign creature in Greek mythology that is part woman and part bird
2
a :  a predatory person :  leech
b :  a shrewish woman

Examples of HARPY

  1. <in fairy tales stepmothers are often portrayed as harpies who make the lives of their stepchildren miserable>
  2. <having just started to make it really big in the music business, he found himself surrounded by a flock of harpies greedy for a piece of the action>

Origin of HARPY

Latin Harpyia, from Greek
First Known Use: 1513

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