Origin of harridan
Examples from the Web for harridan
She was suddenly convinced there was no reason to play Martha as harridan.
Ye did not see her, nor know ye if she is old or young, harridan or angel.The Fair God|Lew Wallace
And that Mignon, who goes loafing about the pavement in behalf of his harridan of a wife, whom nobody wants because she's so lean!
It was her keeper who tore her away in the end, cling as she would to Michael, screaming all the while like a harridan.Michael, Brother of Jerry|Jack London
It was an interesting speculation whether in twenty years she would develop into a harridan or a woman of unusual character.The Sheriff's Son|William MacLeod Raine
I have been all my days a dead hand at a harridan, I never saw the one yet that could resist me.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for harridan
Word Origin for harridan
Word Origin and History for harridan
1700, "one that is half Whore, half Bawd" ["Dictionary of the Canting Crew"]; "a decayed strumpet" [Johnson], probably from French haridelle "a poore tit, or leane ill-favored jade," [Cotgrave, 1611], in French from 16c., of unknown origin.