Definition of harpy
1 capitalized : a foul malign creature in Greek mythology that is part woman and part bird
2a : a predatory person : leechb : a shrewish woman
Examples of harpy in a Sentence
in fairy tales stepmothers are often portrayed as harpies who make the lives of their stepchildren miserable
having just started to make it really big in the music business, he found himself surrounded by a flock of harpies greedy for a piece of the action
Recent Examples of harpy from the Web
On press night, Intel’s processors came through, projecting Ariel onto columns of mosquito netting that descended from the rafters: now a supple sea-nymph, now a vengeful harpy.
One is that late-night Oval Office scene with Amy, which casts Selina as the harpy.
Then, in came the Reagan people, and their attitude was pretty well summed up by Jeane Kirkpatrick, the despicable harpy that represented the United States at the UN.
Start out with helpless sheep and move your way up to helpless goblins and harpies.
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Origin and Etymology of harpy
Latin Harpyia, from Greek
First Known Use: 1513See Words from the same year
HARPY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of harpy for English Language Learners
Harpy : an evil creature in Greek mythology that is part woman and part bird
: an angry and unpleasant woman
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