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biddy1

[bid-ee] /ˈbɪd i/
noun, plural biddies. Chiefly New England, South Midland, and Southern U.S.
1.
a chicken.
2.
a newly hatched chick.
Origin of biddy1
British dialect
1595-1605
1595-1605; compare British dialect biddy (< ?) with same sense, usually as a call to chickens

biddy2

[bid-ee] /ˈbɪd i/
noun, plural biddies.
1.
a fussbudget, especially a fussy old woman.
2.
a female domestic servant, especially a cleaning woman.
Origin
1700-10; special use of Biddy, by-form of bridget
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Examples from the Web for biddy
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  • Here they behold the faithful biddy, craning her long neck up and down the road, and filled with wildest anxiety.

    Mrs. Geoffrey Duchess
  • I bore her no grudge—who could bear soft-eyed, laughing, yet tragic biddy a grudge?

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • I couldn't bear to let in somebody else after all the heat and toil Dan and biddy and I had endured, but it had to be done.

    The Spirit of Sweetwater Hamlin Garland
  • But you will see for yourself, and talk things over with Your old friend, biddy.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • “Sure not, yer honour, if she kapes a dacent tongue in her mouth,” answered biddy.

    The Young Berringtons W.H.G. Kingston
  • I would have answered, but a look from biddy enjoined silence.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • biddy stood looking at him there with his under-lip stuck out.

    All on the Irish Shore E. Somerville and Martin Ross
  • I had conducted so much and so violently since; but I was not too old to remember biddy's hood.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • biddy having a habit of focussing her sense of humour on any female she doesn't wholly love, may not do Mrs. East justice.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Monny's hat was off, and biddy's was apparently hanging by a hatpin.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for biddy

biddy1

/ˈbɪdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
a dialect word for chicken, hen
Word Origin
C17: perhaps imitative of calling chickens

biddy2

/ˈbɪdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(informal, offensive) a woman, esp an old gossipy or interfering one
Word Origin
C18: from pet form of Bridget
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Word Origin and History for biddy
n.

"old woman," 1785; meaning "Irish maid-servant" (1861) is American English; both from Biddy, pet form of common Irish proper name Bridget.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for biddy

biddy

noun

  1. A woman, esp an old shrewish woman •Nearly always with ''old'': Charley had met an old biddy named Zoe Winthrop (late 1700s+)
  2. chick (1780s+)

[diminutive of the name Bridget]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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