from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman regarded as scolding and vicious.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A vicious and scolding woman, especially an older one.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A worn-out strumpet; a vixenish woman; a hag.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An odious old woman; a hag; a vixenish woman.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a scolding (even vicious) old woman
The word "harridan" derives from the French word "haridelle" - a worn-out horse or nag.
I really thought before I used the word harridan to describe Senator Clinton's outburst.
I recalled a harridan of satanic disposition old enough to have written the first drafts of most of her charges.
Look up "harridan" in the dictionary and Annie's picture looks back at you.
In this column, Dowd claims that conservatives were trying to paint Michelle Obama as a "harridan", but of course she offers absolutely no examples of how conservatives were attempting this feat.
notmaxclifford - its just too ungallant to refer to Jenny as a 'harridan'.
No less a harridan for safety than the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has dubbed his campaign misguided.
In my book, I refer to my mother as General Patton in pedal pushers, and frequently paint her as a shrieking harridan for whom water in the kitchen sink or unraked shag carpeting could produce bouts of rage: earsplitting, fist-shaking, God-summoning rage that fortunately predated the presence of guns in the suburban household.
And they proceeded to blindly follow the heartless, shrewish harridan Margaret Thatcher.
Over the years, I'd gone from what I fondly imagined to be a switched-on, youngish-minded mum to a rancid, middle-aged harridan, glaring at shrieking texting huddles in the street – youngsters I didn't even know, but would consider lightly birching.