Biddy

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Historical | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter VII

The name might suggest a nurturing hen, but that meaning did not enter known print until about 1875. The Irishman Jonathan Swift titles a 1708 poem "To Mrs. Biddy Floyd," suggesting "Biddy" is simply a name, perthaps Irish in origin, for it also came to mean an Irish maidservant.   

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