old maid


Definition of old maid

2 : a prim fussy person he was a real old maid about burning rubbish— R. C. Ruark
3 : a simple card game in which cards are matched in pairs and the player holding the unmatched card at the end loses

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Other Words from old maid

old-maidish \ ˈōl(d)-​ˈmā-​dish How to pronounce old-maidish (audio) \ adjective
old-maidishness \ ˈōl(d)-​ˈmā-​dish-​nəs How to pronounce old-maidishness (audio) \ noun

Examples of old maid in a Sentence

In my generation, you were considered an old maid at 25.
Recent Examples on the Web Better behave kids or this old maid's fortune is going to charity! 3. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "20 Things You'll Only Understand If You're the Cool Aunt," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of old maid

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of old maid was circa 1530

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“Old maid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20maid. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of old maid

old-fashioned + disapproving : a woman who has never been married and who is no longer young

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Kids Definition of old maid

1 : an elderly unmarried woman
2 : a very neat fussy person
3 : a card game in which cards are matched in pairs and the player holding the extra queen at the end loses

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