old maid

  • 1Old maid — Maid Maid, n. [Shortened from maiden. ?. See {Maiden}.] 1. An unmarried woman; usually, a young unmarried woman; esp., a girl; a virgin; a maiden. [1913 Webster] Would I had died a maid, And never seen thee, never borne thee son. Shak. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2Old maid — Old Old, a. [Compar. {Older}; superl. {Oldest}.] [OE. old, ald, AS. ald, eald; akin to D. oud, OS. ald, OFries. ald, old, G. alt, Goth. alpeis, and also to Goth. alan to grow up, Icel. ala to bear, produce, bring up, L. alere to nourish. Cf.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3old maid — old maids N COUNT (disapproval) People sometimes refer to an old or middle aged woman as an old maid when she has never married and they think that it is unlikely that she ever will marry. This use could cause offence. Alex is too young to be… …

    English dictionary

  • 4old-maid — old maid·ish·ness; old maid·ish·ly; …

    English syllables

  • 5old maid — old′ maid′ n. 1) off usu. disp. an elderly or confirmed spinster 2) a fussy, timid, prudish person 3) gam a simple card game, played with a deck having one card removed, in which players match pairs, the loser being the holder of the odd card,… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 6old maid — noun count 1. ) an insulting word for an older woman who has not been married and is unlikely to get married 2. ) INFORMAL someone who has old fashioned opinions and is too worried about small details ╾ ,old maidish adjective …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 7old maid — n old fashioned not polite an offensive word for a woman who has never married and is not young any more = ↑spinster …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8old maid — ► NOUN 1) derogatory a single woman regarded as too old for marriage. 2) a prim and fussy person. 3) a card game in which players collect pairs and try not to be left with an odd penalty card, typically a queen …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9old maid — n. 1. a woman, esp. an older woman, who has never married; spinster: a mild term of contempt 2. a prim, prudish, fussy person 3. a simple card game played with a deck containing one card with no match, the loser being the player left with that… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10Old Maid — Infobox CardGame title = Old Maid subtitle = Also: Queen of Spades, Chase the Ace image link = image caption = alt names = type = players = 3+ ages = num cards = 49, 51, or 53 play = Clockwise card rank = origin = related = playing time = random… …

    Wikipedia

  • 11Old Maid — Historische Schwarzer Peter Karten Schwarzer Peter ist neben Quartett das am weitesten verbreitete Kartenspiel für Kinder. Die Redewendung „jemandem den Schwarzen Peter zuschieben“ bedeutet, jemand anderen etwas Unangenehmes tun zu l …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 12old maid — 1. Usually Disparaging and Offensive. an elderly or confirmed spinster. 2. a fussy, timid, prudish person. 3. Cards. a. a simple game, played with a deck having one card removed, in which the players draw from one another to match pairs and the… …

    Universalium

  • 13old maid — noun 1. an elderly unmarried woman (Freq. 4) • Syn: ↑spinster • Derivationally related forms: ↑spinsterhood (for: ↑spinster) • Hypernyms: ↑ …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 14old maid — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms old maid : singular old maid plural old maids 1) old fashioned an insulting word for an older woman who has not been married and is unlikely to get married 2) informal someone who has old fashioned opinions and …

    English dictionary

  • 15old maid — noun a) An old woman who has never married; a spinster. If she is looking for the perfect man before she marries, shell be an old maid. b) A particular kind of periwinkle. Crawford asked Congress to double funding for the FDAs $200 million old… …

    Wiktionary

  • 16Old Maid — noun a) A childrens card game, sometimes played with a special deck, where the object of the game is for each player to find matches for all the cards in his hand, without being stuck with the single unmatchable card. The only card games I know… …

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  • 17old maid —    an unmarried woman who is unlikely to marry    A maid was an unmarried girl and, after the 17th century, in the normal linguistic progression, an unmarried female of any age:     There will the devil meet me, like an old cuckold, with horns on …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 18old maid — noun Date: circa 1530 1. spinster 3 2. a prim fussy person < he was a real old maid about burning rubbish R. C. Ruark > 3. a simple card game in which cards are matched in pairs and the player holding the unmatched card at the end loses • old&#8230; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19old maid — {n. phr.} A spinster; a woman who has never married. * /Because my old maid aunt is a terrific cook as well as a good looking woman, nobody understands why she never married./ …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 20old maid — {n. phr.} A spinster; a woman who has never married. * /Because my old maid aunt is a terrific cook as well as a good looking woman, nobody understands why she never married./ …

    Dictionary of American idioms