Definition of biddy in US English:


nounPlural biddies

  • A woman, especially an elderly one, regarded as annoying or interfering.

    ‘the old biddies were muttering in his direction’
    • ‘She fit right in with all the other little old biddies standing up and down the street speaking into cordless telephones with animated gossipy zeal.’
    • ‘‘There have been a few old biddies here today who've been confused about how to vote… ‘said one broadcaster without blinking.’’
    • ‘This is the fruition of a childhood dream - to hang out with the old biddies on Miami Beach in a purple caftan and red hat being fabulous.’
    • ‘I sound like an old biddy writing this but I think we lose something when interactions are reduced in quality. ‘Manners’ evolved for good purpose.’
    • ‘The groom, who had a roguish side, pulled Alison into a showy clasp, and the priest stepped back and led the quick applause for the couple, forestalling the biddies who would later complain that the ceremony had lacked dignity.’
    • ‘I am not this little old biddy sitting at home with nothing better to do.’
    • ‘I mean, come on: this was going to be some insufferably twee tale about the friendship between two feisty old biddies.’
    • ‘Such sharpened personal and professional rivalry means there's no certainly no shortage of gossip for old biddies under the dryer.’
    • ‘‘And I don't care who hears me,’ the old biddy shamelessly adds.’
    • ‘I'd be forced to sing Molly Malone or something, my sister and I would have to get up and do a bit of Irish dancing and all the biddies would nod happily and sip their sherry.’
    • ‘Watch out for the old biddy in the gray dress walking around town.’
    • ‘Instead they twisted their little lace hankies like a couple of rich old biddies and sniffed and whimpered about how they don't agree with such tawdry sentiment.’
    • ‘Everyone I asked knew an old biddy who had bought the pharmaceutical company in 1948 and still had it.’
    • ‘We got a resounding round of applause from all the old biddies watching on, then we both got death stares from management.’
    • ‘So long as you can put up with all the other old biddies creeping along at 20 mph, the short drive from Edinburgh to the village of Cramond makes for a truly invigorating experience.’
    • ‘But you'd have to watch out for the old biddies.’
    • ‘The old biddy had known what she was talking about, it was just that other people didn't have the ability to understand her any more.’
    • ‘People are quite shocked when they realise I'm a little old biddy with quite a lot of ill health, because I don't come over like that.’
    • ‘She taps the side of her head, then points at two old biddies in the corner.’
    • ‘Taking the lead from the die-hard bingo biddies, we arranged our game cards neatly, poised for action.’
    lady, girl, member of the fair sex, member of the gentle sex, female
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Early 17th century (originally denoting a chicken): of unknown origin; probably influenced by the use of biddy denoting an Irish maidservant, from Biddy, pet form of the given name Bridget.