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. 2a :  a predatory person :  leechb :  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 Defined for English Language Learners

harpy

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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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