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British Dictionary definitions for old woman

old woman

noun
  1. an informal term for mother 1, wife (def. 1)
  2. a timid, fussy, or cautious person
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Derived Formsold-womanish, adjective
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Examples from the Web for old woman

Historical Examples

  • Here at Olmer I'm a mother and a grandmother—the "devil of an old-woman" my neighbours take me to be.

    Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete

    George Meredith

  • Kaby was going along on the operation wearing the old-woman disguise intended for Benson-Carter.

    The Big Time

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • And that is that you may have the old-woman curiosity to find out how many ways a man can tell her that he's fond of her.

  • The heathen objectors in Minucius and Lactantius speak of their "old-woman's tales."

  • Sensation-mongers appear at every old-woman's knitting circle.