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  • n. An elderly woman.
  • n. A person (irrespective of age or sex) who is always complaining about his or her situation.
  • n. Old mother.
  • n. Wife.
  • n. Old female partner.

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

  • n. a woman who is old
  • n. herb with greyish leaves found along the east coast of North America; used as an ornamental plant


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  • She sang Yiddish songs and Rudy Vallée songs, played the ukulele and the mandolin, and entertained at bar mitzvahs in her spare time before she became an old woman whose friends died before she did.

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  • Lubov Petrovna, a stout old woman in a blue suit she wears every day, ascends to the stage and installs herself next to Natasha, severe, thick-rimmed glasses adding importance to her size.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • In the best of the front salons, my mother, Aunt Ellsbeth, Vera and an old, old woman were gathered together.

    My Sweet Audrina

  • The old woman opens the door picking at her cuticles, which are covered with cauls of dried glue.


  • “You will, poppet,” Brautus promised as the old woman snorted at him again in disgust before she sat down.

    My Demon's Kiss

  • Absentmindedly she picked up a photo from the windowsill and studied the face of the old woman who had brought such vitality to this place, whose passing was mourned even by the land she had left behind.

    Moon Dance

  • Bubbe was used to a less erudite clientele, comprising mostly drunken older men and a drunken old woman or two—all, of course, white.

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  • Doruoch in 1722, when an old woman was condemned by David Ross,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Reverend Wayland Wise was there with his poker-faced wife, Rosalynn, to say the words for an old woman whom everybody had liked, if not respected.


  • Tlitoo abandoned his perch on the roof and flew down to stand beside the old woman on the pile of bearskins.

    Promise of the Wolves


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