You might call the old lady next door who yells at you to stay off her lawn a harridan. When you see the word harridan, think of the Wicked Witch of the West — a mean-tempered, sharp-tongued old woman.

  • Pronunciation: /ˈhærɪdən/
  • English Description: a bad-tempered unpleasant woman
  • Chinese Translation: 巫婆(Wu1 Po2)
  • Spanish Translation: bruja
  • STORY: Calling an older, bossy woman a harridan is certainly not a compliment, although most harridans — aside from your strict old scold of an English teacher — probably won't be familiar with the somewhat obscure term. It comes from seventeenth century slang, probably stemming from the French word haridelle, or "old horse."


  • Those people depicted a suffragette as a fierce harridan bullying her poor, abused husband.

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