harridan

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noun har·ri·dan \ˈher-ə-dən, ˈha-rə-\

Definition of harridan

  1. :  shrew 2

Examples of harridan in a Sentence

  1. if you were married to that harridan, you, too, would take to drink

Origin and Etymology of harridan

perhaps modification of French haridelle old horse, gaunt woman


First Known Use: 1678


HARRIDAN Defined for English Language Learners

harridan

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noun har·ri·dan \ˈher-ə-dən, ˈha-rə-\

Definition of harridan for English Language Learners

  • : an angry and unpleasant woman


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