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  • n. An old maid.

Etymologies

An old maid's punishment after death, for neglecting to increase and multiply, was said to be the leading of apes in Hell. (Wiktionary)

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  • "An old maid; their punishment after death, for neglecting to increase and multiply, will be, it is said, leading apes in hell."

    See also Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, in which Katherine accuses her father of wanting to make her lead apes in hell by attempting to marry off her younger sister before her.

    September 5, 2008