Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hen; a fowl.
  • n. Slang A woman, especially a garrulous old one.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a woman, especially an old woman; especially one regarded as fussy or mean or a gossipy busybody.
  • n. an attractive little girl
  • n. (colloquial) - An Irish maidservant.
  • n. (derogatory) Any Irishwoman
  • n. A name used in calling a hen or chicken, often as "biddybiddybiddy".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name used in calling a hen or chicken.
  • n. An Irish serving woman or girl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A familiar name for a hen.
  • n. An Irish female domestic; a servant-girl.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. young bird especially of domestic fowl
  • n. adult female chicken

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
Nickname for Bridget.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Of course I've heard the word biddy before, but when I hear it I think of old ladies who are a little bit cranky.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • After learning from Going like Sixty that a biddy is a chicken, I invite you to write your first 50 words on the topic “biddy” in a comment.

    Biddy « First 50 Words – Writing Prompts

  • Before your heart is stricken and you become severly sickened check with your local wiccan to know a biddy is a chicken. on May 29, 2007 at 12:49 pm | Reply first 50

    Giddy « First 50 Words – Writing Prompts

  • -- Do you use Google's 411 service and love the 'biddy' sound it makes?

    Coffee Break: November 12

  • Many should also find some amusement in the British houseguest who breastfeeds her 25-year-old son and likes to offer up her "biddy" to anyone who might require it.

    The Trades

  • When I first read it, I saw all the way to my grave in the character of Madame de Farge, the old biddy who silently weaves the code of revolution into the blankets she crochets.

    Roseanne Archy

  • Some of the comic interludes had more pep—in "Being Small," a boy slave jauntily describes how he hides under his master's house and listens as the master reads the newspaper out loud—but others, like "I Listen," in which a self-described "old biddy" pie maker spies on her Union soldier customers, just fell flat.

    An Artifact of Indulgence From Bernard Herrmann

  • And Mary Catherine is what that old biddy, Clara of the Bowed Legs and Beehive her hair, who lives in the cottage across the path, calls a navel gazer.

    Amaryllis in Blueberry

  • I can tell by your obvious ignorance of animal behavior, wild animals (hint, fawns don't run away from approaching threats, they hide) and your excessive use of handwringing emotion-laden hyperbole (vis "nasty old biddy" and, of course, the totally predictable absurd reference to nazis) Perhaps you should run off and have a good cry.

    Elderly Women Charged With Beating Fawn To Death

  • CLEAR case of animal cruelty .. lock the old biddy up!!!!!

    Elderly Women Charged With Beating Fawn To Death

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