- a chicken.
- a newly hatched chick.
Origin of biddy1
1595–1605; compare British dialect biddy (< ?) with same sense, usually as a call to chickens
- a fussbudget, especially a fussy old woman.
- a female domestic servant, especially a cleaning woman.
Origin of biddy2
1700–10; special use of Biddy, by-form of Bridget
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Examples from the Web for biddy
Biddy said that this was a splendid beginning, if I had the sense to follow it up.
I bore her no grudge—who could bear soft-eyed, laughing, yet tragic Biddy a grudge?
As Biddy says, the girl can be charming not only when she wants to be, but quite often when she doesn't.
Biddy darted off to an adjoining room, leaving me alone with my employer.
It wouldn't be Biddy if she weren't ingratiating herself with some one!
C17: perhaps imitative of calling chickens
- informal, offensive a woman, esp an old gossipy or interfering one
C18: from pet form of Bridget
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Word Origin and History for biddy
"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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