old woman


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old woman

1. A mildly disparaging term for (one's) mother. (Variant of "old lady.") One second, I need to ring my old woman and tell her where we're going after school.
2. (One's) girlfriend, wife, or romantic partner. Jane's always having to check in with her old woman whenever she comes with us on a night out. My old woman and I have been putting aside some savings for a vacation in the Bahamas this summer.
3. An exceptionally fussy, timid, circumspect, or anxious person, especially a woman. Ah, don't be such an old woman. Come out with us this Friday and live a little!
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old ˈwoman

(informal, especially British English)
1 a person’s wife or mother: Give your old woman a surprise and take her out for a nice meal.
2 (disapproving) a man who worries about things that are not important: My boss is a real old woman. He gets so annoyed if I make even the smallest mistake.
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old woman

verb
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References in classic literature ?
said the chatty old woman, her eye brightening with exultation.
the old woman said, quickening hers, too, quite easily.
Please yourself"--and the old woman handed him back the watch.
The old woman fumbled in her pocket for her keys, and disappeared behind the curtain into the other room.
I did not say they had not harmed me," said the old woman, "they did not kill me, that is all.
The old woman pointed again to the barred windows and then to the door, saying: "And there is the armed eunuch.
While she was eating, the old woman combed her hair with a golden comb, and her hair curled and shone with a lovely golden color around that sweet little face, which was so round and so like a rose.
Now you shall see how well we agree together"; and while she combed little Gerda's hair, the child forgot her foster-brother Kay more and more, for the old woman understood magic; but she was no evil being, she only practised witchcraft a little for her own private amusement, and now she wanted very much to keep little Gerda.
They walked for some distance till the old woman stopped at a large house, where she knocked.
But when the old woman stirred the kneeling lady, she lifted not her head.
It was in the dusk of the evening but the old woman did not light the cresset, and further, she whispered to the little boy to remain in the shadows of a far corner of the bare chamber.
The old woman, being released, went on her way slowly.
As for the little old woman, she took off her cap and balanced the point on the end of her nose, while she counted "One, two, three" in a solemn voice.
Adam sat down patiently, not liking to hurry the shaking old woman with questions, but looking eagerly towards the narrow twisting stairs in one corner, for he thought it was possible Hetty might have heard his voice and would come down them.
I have a daughter,' said the old woman, 'who is so beautiful that she has not her equal in the world, and is well fitted to be your wife; if you will make her lady-queen I will show you the way out of the wood.