harpy

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noun har·py \ˈhär-pē\

Definition of harpy

plural

harpies

  1. 1 capitalized :  a foul malign creature in Greek mythology that is part woman and part bird

  2. 2 a :  a predatory person :  leech b :  a shrewish woman

Examples of harpy in a sentence

  1. <in fairy tales stepmothers are often portrayed as harpies who make the lives of their stepchildren miserable>

  2. <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>

Origin and Etymology of harpy

Latin Harpyia, from Greek


First Known Use: 1513


HARPY Defined for English Language Learners

harpy

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noun har·py \ˈhär-pē\

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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