- a single woman regarded as too old for marriage；a prim and fussy person
noun: old maid, plural noun: old maids
- 1. derogatory a single woman regarded as too old for marriage if you don't mind your tongue, you'll die an old maid
- ▪ a prim and fussy person he said John was an old maid
- 2. a card game in which players collect pairs and try not to be left with an odd penalty card, typically a queen.
- 3. West Indian another term for periwinkle