Definition of harpy in English:

harpy

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nounplural noun harpies

  • 1Greek Mythology Roman Mythology
    A rapacious monster described as having a woman's head and body and a bird's wings and claws or depicted as a bird of prey with a woman's face.

  • 2 derogatory A grasping, unpleasant woman.

    • ‘clearly, he had us down as a couple of gold-digging harpies’

Pronunciation

harpy

/ˈhärpē/ /ˈhɑrpi/

Origin

Late Middle English from Latin harpyia, from Greek harpuiai ‘snatchers’.