biddy

1
[bid-ee]
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noun, plural bid·dies. Chiefly New England, South Midland, and Southern U.S.

a chicken.
a newly hatched chick.

Nearby words

  1. bidding,
  2. bidding prayer,
  3. biddle,
  4. biddle, john,
  5. biddle, nicholas,
  6. biddy-biddy,
  7. bide,
  8. bide one's time,
  9. bidentate,
  10. bidenticulate

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.

a fussbudget, especially a fussy old woman.
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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British Dictionary definitions for biddies

biddy

1

noun plural -dies

a dialect word for chicken, hen

Word Origin for biddy

C17: perhaps imitative of calling chickens

biddy

2

noun plural -dies

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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