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old lady

noun, Informal.
a mother, usually one's own.
a wife.
a girlfriend or female lover, especially a female lover with whom one cohabits.
Origin of old lady
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Austin knows about everything, my dear," replied the old lady decisively.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • "I've not the slightest doubt of that," returned the old lady with asperity.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • "It'll buy the old lady what she wants for the house, anyhow," he said.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • When she died I pasted the dear old lady's photograph inside the upper lid.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • This widow was the old lady who lived in the cottage in the New Forest.

British Dictionary definitions for old lady

old lady

an informal term for mother1 , wife (sense 1)
a large noctuid moth, Mormo maura, that has drab patterned wings originally thought to resemble an elderly Victorian lady's shawl
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for old lady

old lady

noun phrase

  1. One's wife; a wife: Losin' his old lady is what crazied him (1836+)
  2. A girlfriend, mistress, woman living companion, etc: He introduced this chick as his old lady (1950s+)
  3. One's mother; a mother: The little kid went to ask his old lady if he could come along (1836+)
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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