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old maid

noun

Simple Definition of old maid

  • : a woman who has never been married and who is no longer young

Full Definition of old maid

  1. 1 :  spinster 3

  2. 2 :  a prim fussy person <he was a real old maid about burning rubbish — R. C. Ruark>

  3. 3 :  a simple card game in which cards are matched in pairs and the player holding the unmatched card at the end loses

old–maid·ish play \ˈōl(d)-ˈmā-dish\ adjective
old–maid·ish·ness play \-nəs\ noun

Examples of old maid

  1. In my generation, you were considered an old maid at 25.



Circa 1530

First Known Use of old maid

circa 1530


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