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


[bid-ee] /ˈbɪd i/
noun, plural biddies.
a fussbudget, especially a fussy old woman.
a female domestic servant, especially a cleaning woman.
1700-10; special use of Biddy, by-form of Bridget Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for biddies
Historical Examples
  • Do the biddies all turn out saints in that well regulated family?

    An Old-fashioned Girl Louisa May Alcott
  • Cant you take me to the hen-run and let me see your flock of biddies?

  • There's the breakfast bell, and I haven't fed the biddies yet.

  • Poor l'll biddie, just wait, Anna-Margaret'll fix yo', so you can run and fly and keep up with the biddies.

    The Upward Path Various
  • So I feed my biddies, and the children gather the eggs, until we hear the men coming in from the field.

    The American Country Girl Martha Foote Crow
  • But that night, when Josh come home, he hove 'em all out into the back yard, an' the biddies eat 'em up.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • He said he did not want 'biddies;' they must be young and pretty; must be fair singers, and have nice manners.

    Out of a Labyrinth

    Lawrence L. Lynch
  • And in the morning they found the biddies and the ducks none the worse for their night in the tent.

  • The biddies get out every day or two, and fly away all over the neighbourhood, like feathers when you shake a pillow.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag Louisa M. Alcott
  • Then, as he realized that Reddy had actually been inside the henhouse, anxiety for the biddies swept over him.

    Bowser The Hound Thornton W. Burgess
British Dictionary definitions for biddies


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


noun (pl) -dies
(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 biddies



"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 biddies



  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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