noun, plural bid·dies. Chiefly New England, South Midland, and Southern U.S.
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noun, plural bid·dies.
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What does biddy mean?
Biddy can refer to a nosy, old woman or attractive, young woman. Both uses can be considered offensive.
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Where does biddy come from?
Biddy, for a newly hatched chicken, is recorded in the 1600s. It may come from the sound people make to call chickens, e.g., Here, biddy biddy.
Biddy, as a demeaning term for an old woman, is recorded in the 1700s. It comes from a nickname of the popular Irish given name Bridget, originally used to address female servants. Biddy became a name for a kind of fussy, older woman that had the irritating habit of sticking her nose in matters where it didn’t belong. It often appears in the phrase old biddy.
For a period of time in the early 1900s, biddy was even a name given to police officers. By the 1960s, the word had joined a list of many other slang terms for female breasts. In Black slang, biddy, sometimes spelled as bitty, transitioned into a slang term for a young, usually attractive woman in the U.S. starting around the 1980s and 1990s.
How is biddy used in real life?
Calling a young woman a biddy is also often seen as sexist, as it can imply they are simply sex objects. However, some young people do use biddy (or its variant bitty) as an affectionate term of address.
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Example sentences from the Web for biddy
Then advancing to the patient, "What has been the matter, Miss Biddy, that you could not wait till my return?"The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, Complete|Tobias Smollett
The first thing to be done was to get Dolly a dress, and this was the way Biddy managed it.
Biddy was seated next to Mr. Nash, so that she could take occasion to ask, "Who are the beautiful ladies?"The Tragic Muse|Henry James
Here they behold the faithful Biddy, craning her long neck up and down the road, and filled with wildest anxiety.Mrs. Geoffrey|Duchess
"But it makes no difference to you, you know," said Biddy, calmly.Great Expectations|Charles Dickens