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harridan

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noun har·ri·dan \ˈher-ə-dən, ˈha-rə-\

Simple Definition of harridan

  • : an angry and unpleasant woman

Full Definition of harridan

  1. :  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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