One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An elderly woman.
senior citizen, pensioner, oap, elderly woman, croneView synonyms
- ‘My social conscience prevented me from abandoning it in the produce section where some little old lady would be blocked off from the lemons.’
- ‘JM found one old lady stacking a few cut limes, flowers, and incense by the side of the lift door.’
- ‘I crash into some old lady in a flowery rubber bathing cap.’
- ‘It took him weeks, if not months, to do it, and why should I forgive him for brutalizing this sweet, dear, old lady?’
- ‘A frail, headscarved old lady halted the marchers and passed out home-baked cakes.’
- ‘How would they feel if that old lady was their grandmother?’
- ‘Next we have his wife, the little old lady, sari and sneaker-sporting.’
- ‘And when you see it, if there's some old lady sitting next to you, don't laugh.’
- ‘From wheelchair bound little old lady to escapee, that was my Grandma.’
- ‘No longer the little girl, she's become a really interestingly deluded old lady.’
- ‘She was a lovely, motherly old lady with a mane of white hair wound into a compact bun.’
- ‘Despite the rest of the family wanting this old lady interned in a hospital or hospice, my mother is of the old school.’
- ‘I talked to one old lady who had all her windows smashed four times to encourage her to leave.’
- ‘A ninety-four year old lady from Ballina asked her neighbour to ring me and ask what she could do for the appeal.’
- ‘Why is it that the words ‘selecting a poison’ sound so ominous coming from a sweet little old lady?’
- ‘Ada and another old lady are sitting on the ground under the mango tree.’
- ‘I speeded up my walk and rushed by, and fortunately he was too busy harrying a fierce little old lady to notice me.’
- ‘She suddenly recognised the old lady as Sapna's mother.’
- ‘Attitude is everything in her situation and if she starts thinking of herself as some dottery little old lady we are in trouble.’
- ‘Then this old lady said, ‘If he comes at me again I'm going to kill him!’’
- 1.1one's old ladyinformal A person's mother or a man's wife or girlfriend.‘my old lady's nearly ninety’
wife, spouse, bridemotherView synonyms
- ‘Dru World Order is the ideal soundtrack for sipping Cristal, polishing your diamonds or making sweet love to your old lady.’
- ‘Denis called his fiancée ‘my old lady’.’
2A brownish European moth with a creamy pattern on the wings.
Mormo maura, family Noctuidae
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