old maid

noun

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.

First Known Use of old maid

circa 1530


OLD MAID Defined for English Language Learners

old maid

noun

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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