beldam vs beldame what difference

what is difference between beldam and beldame

English

Noun

beldam (plural beldams)

  1. Alternative spelling of beldame

Anagrams

  • ambled, balmed, bedlam, blamed, lambed


English

Etymology

From late (1400–1450) Middle English bel (fine) + dam (mother), from Old French bele (beautiful) + dame (woman).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛldəm/
  • Rhymes: -eɪm

Noun

beldame (plural beldames)

  1. (obsolete) A grandmother.
  2. (now archaic) An old woman, particularly an ugly one.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 6:
      Suddenly the beldam shrieks as if she’s been stuck with a dagger, long rasping insuck of breath: ‘Eeeeeeeee!’

Synonyms

  • (ugly woman): crone, hag, harridan
  • See also Thesaurus:ugly person

References

  • “beldame” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  • “beldame” in the Collins English Dictionary

Anagrams

  • embaled


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