from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Offensive A woman who has remained single beyond the conventional age for marrying.
- n. Informal A person regarded as being primly fastidious.
- n. Games A card game in which the player who holds a designated card at the end is the loser.
- n. Games The loser of this game.
- n. Chiefly Southern U.S. See zinnia.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An old woman who has never married; a spinster.
- n. A particular kind of periwinkle.
- n. A particular kind of zinnia.
- n. An unpopped kernel in a batch of popped popcorn kernels.
- n. A card game in which cards must be paired and one undesirable card is designated "old maid".
- n. An unpaired card in that game.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See under Old.
- adj. A simple game of cards, played by matching them. The person with whom the odd card is left is the old maid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The house-or garden-plant Vinca rosea.
- n. A gaping clam: same as gaper, 4.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a card game using a pack of cards from which one queen has been removed; players match cards and the player holding the unmatched queen at the end of the game is the loser (or `old maid')
- n. an elderly unmarried woman
- n. the loser in a game of old maid
- n. any of various plants of the genus Zinnia cultivated for their variously and brightly colored flower heads
- n. commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish to red flowers
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Harriot Freke is visited by every body but old dowagers and old maids: I am neither an old dowager nor an old maid – the consequence is obvious, my lord.
“The next piece was a satire on certain members who were getting very much into the way of joking on the worn-out subjects of matrimony and old maid and old bachelorism.
Myrtle had two elderly female cousins in the area, one a widow in a nursing home in Dudson Falls, the other an old maid still in her family’s farmhouse (though without the farm acreage) outside North Dudson.
; and quoth he, This is the grizzled75 virgin and the old maid long kept at home,76 the giver of joy to hearts, whereof saith the poet: —
The old maid stared at him, a half-amused smile playing over her thin face.
Well, we walked in the office and Marcantonio had a secretary named Miss Johnson who was a very austere New England old maid type, you know.
A young lieutenant at the Academy and his fiancÃ©e were seen by an old maid at the hotel to kiss each other.
Miss Bentley was a shallow old maid with a rather large nose and romantic disposition who served tea with a careful intensity worthy of a sacrament.