a scolding, vicious woman; hag; shrew.
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How to use harridan in a sentence
On Bates Motel, Vera Farmiga masterfully transforms a would-be harridan into a new kind of protagonist: the sensual hysteric.‘Bates Motel’: Ken Tucker Praises Vera Farmiga’s Knife-Sharp Performance | Ken Tucker | May 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Our latest cartoonish harridan is neither saint nor monster.
She was suddenly convinced there was no reason to play Martha as harridan.
He stood in front of the virtuous harridan, his lips working, his fingers convulsively clutching the air.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Commerce in this instance is depicted as a dissolute harridan, deep sunk in gin.Rowlandson the Caricaturist. First Volume | Joseph Grego
Charles listened dully as the curse was droned, nor was he surprised when the harridan fell, blasted by it.The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth
She had been quite sure that the offer was about to be made when that odious old harridan had come in and disturbed everything.The Eustace Diamonds | Anthony Trollope
It is not necessary to be a prude or a skinny old harridan either, to inveigh against the custom.Rosemary and Rue | Amber
British Dictionary definitions for harridan
a scolding old woman; nag
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