harridan


har·ri·dan

noun \ˈher-ə-dən, ˈha-rə-\

: an angry and unpleasant woman

Full Definition of HARRIDAN

:  shrew 2

Examples of HARRIDAN

  1. <if you were married to that harridan, you, too, would take to drink>

Origin of HARRIDAN

perhaps modification of French haridelle old horse, gaunt woman
First Known Use: 1678

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