- 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 biddies
Do the Biddies all turn out saints in that well regulated family?An Old-fashioned Girl
Louisa May Alcott
Cant you take me to the hen-run and let me see your flock of biddies?The Corner House Girls on Palm Island
Grace Brooks Hill
There's the breakfast bell, and I haven't fed the biddies yet.The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel
Thornton W. Burgess
Poor l'll biddie, just wait, Anna-Margaret'll fix yo', so you can run and fly and keep up with the biddies.The Upward Path
So I feed my biddies, and the children gather the eggs, until we hear the men coming in from the field.The American Country Girl
Martha Foote Crow
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 biddies
"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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