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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
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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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.

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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]


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