harridan

[hahr-i-dn]
noun
a scolding, vicious woman; hag; shrew.

Origin:
1690–1700; perhaps alteration of French haridelle thin, worn-out horse, large, gaunt woman (compared with the initial element of haras stud farm, though derivation is unclear)


nag, virago, scold.
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harridan (ˈhærɪdən)
 
n
a scolding old woman; nag
 
[C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to French haridelle, literally: broken-down horse; of obscure origin]

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harridan
1700, "one that is half Whore, half Bawd" ["Dictionary of the Canting Crew"]; "a decayed strumpet" [Johnson], from Fr. haridelle "a poore tit, or leane ill-favored jade," [Cotgrave, 1611], in Fr. from 16c., of unknown origin.
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Example sentences
Ann is a shrill, sarcastic harridan who has nothing pleasant to say as she makes her way to the gin bottle in the office bar.
She's a harridan of a manager-ripping through the staff, sacking many old stalwarts, and slashing operating costs.
Eddie is warmed by her sporty friendliness, especially in contrast to the harridan convalescing in his hotel bedroom.
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