harridan

[ hahr-i-dn ]
/ ˈhɑr ɪ dn /

noun

a scolding, vicious woman; hag; shrew.

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Origin of harridan

1690–1700; perhaps alteration of French haridelle thin, worn-out horse, large, gaunt woman (compared with the initial element of haras stud farm, though derivation is unclear)
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British Dictionary definitions for harridan

harridan
/ (ˈhærɪdən) /

noun

a scolding old woman; nag

Word Origin for harridan

C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to French haridelle, literally: broken-down horse; of obscure origin
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