Harridan – a strict old woman
To remember the definition of the word harridan, use the following mnemonic:
The hairy dancer (harridan) tried to entertain the old woman, but she was nasty and unappreciative.
Examples of harridan in a sentence
She behaved like a harridan, criticising and insulting people all night.
She could be an old harridan at times, but generally managed to be pleasant enough.
The harridan screeched insults at the people passing by her house.