biddy

1
[bid-ee]

Origin of biddy

1
1595–1605; compare British dialect biddy (< ?) with same sense, usually as a call to chickens

biddy

2
[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 biddy

2
1700–10; special use of Biddy, by-form of Bridget
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Related Words for biddies

beldam, hag, witch, crone, battle-ax, fusspot, fishwife, fussbudget

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British Dictionary definitions for biddies

biddy

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

Word Origin for biddy

C17: perhaps imitative of calling chickens

biddy

2
noun plural -dies
  1. informal, offensive a woman, esp an old gossipy or interfering one

Word Origin for biddy

C18: from pet form of Bridget
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Word Origin and History for biddies

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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