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noun (1)

bid·​dy ˈbi-dē How to pronounce biddy (audio)
plural biddies
: hen sense 1a
also : a young chicken


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noun (2)

plural biddies
: a hired girl or cleaning woman
usually disparaging : woman
especially : an elderly woman

Examples of biddy in a Sentence

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Either the biddy or the hound would be trampled ’neath Beetle Bailey’s hooves. Gary Gulman, Rolling Stone, 19 Sep. 2023 She was last seen by both Mahito and the gaggle of biddies that work at the country estate walking into the woods, toward the tower…. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 8 Sep. 2023 No longer an axe-wielding biddy but a flower just beginning to bloom, Pearl is eager to leave behind her strict German mother, infirm father and small-town farm life for the dream-factory promises of Hollywood USA. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Noun (1)

perhaps imitative

Noun (2)

diminutive of the name Bridget

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1785, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of biddy was circa 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Biddy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural biddies
: hen sense 1
also : a young chicken
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