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Definition of harridan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

harridan

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈhærɪdən//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhærɪdən//
 
(old-fashioned or literary)
 
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a bad-tempered unpleasant woman Word Origin late 17th cent. (originally slang): perhaps from French haridelle ‘old horse’.
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