Word of the Day – Harridan

By May 20, 2019 Word of the Day

Harridan (noun)


A strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman.

Late 17th century (originally slang): perhaps from French haridelle ‘old horse’.

Example sentences

“she was nothing but a bossy old harridan”

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