Definition of harridan
: shrew 2
Examples of harridan in a Sentence
if you were married to that harridan, you, too, would take to drink
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Fricka, Wotan’s wife, sung with molten tone by Jamie Barton, isn’t the traditional harridan, but sober and wounded.
At Goodspeed, Kristine Zbornik, as Albert’s comic harridan of a smothering matriarch, just about stops the show with her rendition.
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Origin and Etymology of harridan
perhaps modification of French haridelle old horse, gaunt woman
First Known Use: 1678See Words from the same year
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Definition of harridan for English Language Learners
: an angry and unpleasant woman
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