a bad-tempered, spiteful, woman; shrew.
a woman with magic powers derived from evil sources; witch.

Origin of hellcat

First recorded in 1595–1605; hell + cat
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Examples from the Web for hellcat

Historical Examples of hellcat

  • I hope he doesn't realize I'm not the hellcat he seems to think I am.


    Watson Parker

British Dictionary definitions for hellcat



a spiteful fierce-tempered woman
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Word Origin and History for hellcat

also hell-cat, "volatile woman," c.1600, from hell + cat.

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