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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.

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.

Origin of biddy2

1700–10; special use of Biddy, by-form of Bridget
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Examples from the Web for biddy

Historical Examples

  • Biddy said that this was a splendid beginning, if I had the sense to follow it up.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • I bore her no grudge—who could bear soft-eyed, laughing, yet tragic Biddy a grudge?

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • As Biddy says, the girl can be charming not only when she wants to be, but quite often when she doesn't.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Biddy darted off to an adjoining room, leaving me alone with my employer.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • It wouldn't be Biddy if she weren't ingratiating herself with some one!

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson


British Dictionary definitions for biddy

biddy1

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

Word Origin

C17: perhaps imitative of calling chickens

biddy2

noun plural -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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