[ bel-duhm, -dam ]
/ ˈbɛl dəm, -dæm /
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an old woman, especially an ugly one; hag.
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Also bel·dame [bel-duhm, -deym]. /ˈbɛl dəm, -ˌdeɪm/.
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How to use beldam in a sentence
And really she was an awfully nice, capable, human old woman: and I had thought her a beldame when I saw her ironing.Sea and Sardinia|D. H. Lawrence
But no single syllable would the old beldame now utter against her ancient mistress.Red Cap Tales|Samuel Rutherford Crockett
And to the horror of Erminie, he grasped the cloak and tore it off, in spite of the vigorous struggles of the beldame.The Gypsy Queen's Vow|May Agnes Fleming
And at that the beldame laughed very violently and said, "Yea, that is true."
And they whispered to the old beldame, saying, "Who is yonder man, and what doth he here?"
British Dictionary definitions for beldam
/ (ˈbɛldəm) /
archaic an old woman, esp an ugly or malicious one; hag
an obsolete word for grandmother
Word Origin for beldam
C15: from bel- grand (as in grandmother), from Old French bel beautiful, from Latin bellus + dam mother, variant of dame
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