Word of the Day: Harridan

harridan

har-ri-dan / hăr-ĭ-dn

 

noun

1. an ill-tempered, nagging woman; a hag

The old harridan means to fleece you.

From “Madame Flirt” by Charles Edward Pearce, 1843 – 1924

 

etymology

Apparently from the French noun haridelle (nag, jade, scrawny slattern) of unknown origin.

Thank you to Allen Ward for this etymology.