old maid


old maid

noun

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

Full Definition of OLD MAID

1
:  spinster 3
2
:  a prim fussy person <he was a real old maid about burning rubbish — R. C. Ruark>
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 \ˈōl(d)-ˈmā-dish\ adjective
old–maid·ish·ness \-nəs\ noun

Examples of OLD MAID

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

First Known Use of OLD MAID

circa 1530

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