harpy

noun har·py \ ˈhär-pē \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of harpy

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

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Origin and Etymology of harpy

Latin Harpyia, from Greek

harpy Synonyms


HARPY Defined for English Language Learners

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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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