[ hahr-pee ]
/ ˈhɑr pi /

noun, plural Har·pies.

Classical Mythology. a ravenous, filthy monster having a woman's head and a bird's body.
(lowercase) a scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman; shrew.
(lowercase) a greedy, predatory person.

Origin of Harpy

< Latin Harpȳia, singular of Harpȳiae < Greek Hárpȳiai (plural), literally, snatchers, akin to harpázein to snatch away


harp·y·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for harpy (1 of 2)

/ (ˈhɑːpɪ) /

noun plural -pies

a cruel grasping woman

Word Origin for harpy

C16: from Latin Harpyia, from Greek Harpuiai the Harpies, literally: snatchers, from harpazein to seize

British Dictionary definitions for harpy (2 of 2)

/ (ˈhɑːpɪ) /

noun plural -pies

Greek myth a ravenous creature with a woman's head and trunk and a bird's wings and claws
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