old maid

noun
|Updated on: 6 Jul 2018

Definition of old maid

1 : spinster 3
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

old-maidish

play \ˈōl(d)-ˈmā-dish\ adjective

old-maidishness

play \ˈōl(d)-ˈmā-dish-nəs\ noun

Examples of old maid in a Sentence

  1. In my generation, you were considered an old maid at 25.

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First Known Use of old maid

circa 1530

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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OLD MAID Defined for English Language Learners

old maid

Definition of old maid for English Language Learners

  • : a woman who has never been married and who is no longer young


OLD MAID Defined for Kids

old maid

noun

Definition of old maid for Students

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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