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Definition of Haridan

Har"ri*dan (hăr"r&ibreve;*dan), n. [F. haridelle a worn-out horse, jade.] A worn-out strumpet; a vixenish woman; a hag.

Such a weak, watery, wicked old harridan, substituted for the pretty creature I had been used to see.
De Quincey.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

HARRIDAN. A hagged old woman; a miserable, scraggy,
worn-out harlot, fit to take her bawd's degree: derived
from the French word HARIDELLE, a worn-out jade of a horse
or mare.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)

  • A virago, shrew or a vicious and scolding woman, especially an older one
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

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