Definitions for old maid
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Usually Disparaging.an elderly or confirmed spinster.
a fussy, timid, prudish person.
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, usu. a queen.
* Usage: Definition 1 is usually used with disparaging intent.
Origin of old maid:
spinster, old maid(noun)
an elderly unmarried woman
zinnia, old maid, old maid flower(noun)
any of various plants of the genus Zinnia cultivated for their variously and brightly colored flower heads
periwinkle, rose periwinkle, Madagascar periwinkle, old maid, Cape periwinkle, red periwinkle, cayenne jasmine, Catharanthus roseus, Vinca rosea(noun)
commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish to red flowers
the loser in a game of old maid
a card game using a pack of cards from which one queen has been removed; players match cards and the player holding the unmatched queen at the end of the game is the loser (or `old maid')
A children's 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 unmatchable card itself.
An old woman who has never married; a spinster.
A particular kind of periwinkle.
A particular kind of zinnia.
A card game in which cards must be paired and one undesirable card is designated "old maid".
An unpaired card in that game.
The Roycroft Dictionary
A lady of uncertain age and uneasy virtue.
Translations for old maid
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
an unmarried woman who is past the usual age of marriage.
- عانِس، فاتَها وقت الزَّواجArabic
- стара момаBulgarian
- solteironaPortuguese (BR)
- stará pannaCzech
- alte JungferGerman
- ανύπαντρη γυναίκαGreek
- دختر ترشیدهFarsi
- vieille filleFrench
- בְּתוּלָה זְקֵנָהHebrew
- अविवाहित महिला, रूखा आदमी, रूखी औरतHindi
- perawan tuaIndonesian
- anak dara tuaMalay
- oude vrijsterDutch
- peppermø, gammel jomfruNorwegian
- stara pannaPolish
- دختركه پير شده و عروسى نه كرده باشدPersian
- نه واده شوى زړه پيغلهPashto
- fată bătrânăRomanian
- старая деваRussian
- stará dievkaSlovak
- stara devicaSlovenian
- gammal ungmöSwedish
- evde kalmış kızTurkish
- 老處女Chinese (Trad.)
- стара дівка, перестарокUkrainian
- بڑي عمر کي غير شادي شدہ عورتUrdu
- gái giàVietnamese
- 老处女Chinese (Simp.)
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