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

Other Words from old maid

old-maidish \ ˈōl(d)-​ˈmā-​dish How to pronounce old maid (audio) \ adjective
old-maidishness \ ˈōl(d)-​ˈmā-​dish-​nəs How to pronounce old maid (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 An old maid at six and twenty, Kate arrives in London with her mother, Lady Mary Sharma (Shelley Conn), and younger half-sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran). Katie Rife, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2022 Higgins also noted that Mary’s fate as an old maid in this alternative universe, portrayed as hideous and sad, is presented as perfectly fine, appropriate and desirable for Annie in the real world. Christopher Wilson, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Dec. 2021 As Beres laughs and tries to decipher who has the old maid, MacDougall starts to laugh, too. cleveland, 8 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20maid. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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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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