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old woman

noun
  1. an informal term for mother 1, wife (def. 1)
  2. a timid, fussy, or cautious person
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Derived Formsold-womanish, adjective
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Related Words

girl, queen, adult, female, granny, mate, spouse, wife, newlywed, matron, doll, empress, bitch, rib, broad, dame, babe, baroness, petticoat, mistress

Examples from the Web for old woman

Historical Examples

  • Here at Olmer I'm a mother and a grandmother—the "devil of an old-woman" my neighbours take me to be.

    Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete

    George Meredith

  • Kaby was going along on the operation wearing the old-woman disguise intended for Benson-Carter.

    The Big Time

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • And that is that you may have the old-woman curiosity to find out how many ways a man can tell her that he's fond of her.

  • The heathen objectors in Minucius and Lactantius speak of their "old-woman's tales."

  • Sensation-mongers appear at every old-woman's knitting circle.