meaning of beldam

beldam meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"aged lady," 1570s; previous "grandmother" (mid-15c.), from dame (q.v.) inside sense of "mother" + bel-, Middle English prefix revealing relationship (such as belfader, belsire "grandfather"), from Old French bel, belle "beautiful, reasonable, fine" (see belle). This "direct commitment" feeling of bel is certainly not present in French, where in fact the prefix can be used to create terms for in-laws.

beldam meaning in General Dictionary

an ugly evil-looking old woman

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  • a female of advanced level age
  • Alt. of Beldame

beldam meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) Alt. of Beldame