biddy

1 [bid-ee]

Origin:
1595–1605; compare British dialect biddy (< ?) with same sense, usually as a call to chickens

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biddy

2 [bid-ee]
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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biddy1 (ˈbɪdɪ)
 
n , pl -dies
chicken a dialect word for hen
 
[C17: perhaps imitative of calling chickens]

biddy2 (ˈbɪdɪ)
 
n , pl -dies
informal, offensive a woman, esp an old gossipy or interfering one
 
[C18: from pet form of Bridget]

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biddy
"old woman," 1785; meaning "Irish maid-servant" (1861) is Amer.Eng.; both from Biddy, pet form of common Irish proper name Bridget.
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Biddy's supervisors instructed him to find out where the citation would be sent.
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