biddy "old woman," 1785; meaning "Irish maid-servant" (1861) is Amer.Eng.; both from Biddy, pet form of common Irish proper name BRIDGET (Cf. Bridget).

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  • Biddy — Bid dy, n. [A familiar form of Bridget.] An Irish serving woman or girl. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • biddy — biddy1 /bid ee/, n., pl. biddies. Chiefly New England, South Midland, and Southern U.S. 1. a chicken. 2. a newly hatched chick. [1595 1605; cf. Brit. dial. biddy ( < ?) with same sense, usually as a call to chickens] biddy2 /bid ee/, n., pl.… …   Universalium

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  • biddy —    a sexually complaisant woman    In 19th century England biddy meant a young prostitute, in Ireland a chicken, and everywhere, including America, it was a short form of the Irish name Bridget, at a time when many maidservants were Irish:     …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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