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biddy1

[bid-ee]
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noun, plural bid·dies. Chiefly New England, South Midland, and Southern U.S.
  1. a chicken.
  2. a newly hatched chick.
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Origin of biddy1

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

biddy2

[bid-ee]
noun, plural bid·dies.
  1. a fussbudget, especially a fussy old woman.
  2. a female domestic servant, especially a cleaning woman.
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Origin of biddy2

1700–10; special use of Biddy, by-form of Bridget
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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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for biddies

biddy1

noun plural -dies
  1. a dialect word for chicken, hen
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Word Origin

C17: perhaps imitative of calling chickens

biddy2

noun plural -dies
  1. informal, offensive a woman, esp an old gossipy or interfering one
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Word Origin

C18: from pet form of Bridget
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Word Origin and History for biddies

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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