(in Irish folklore) a spirit in the form of a wailing woman who appears to or is heard by members of a family as a sign that one of them is about to die.
(in Irish folklore) a female spirit whose wailing warns of impending death
1771, from phonetic spelling of Irish bean sidhe “female of the Elves,” from bean “woman” (from PIE *gwen-; see queen) + sidhe, from sith “fairy” or sid “fairy mound.” Specifically, one who calls to the spirits of the dead.
noun a town in S England, in NE Surrey. Pop: 19 332 (2001) Historical Examples It is very good at banstead itself, though that is a country sufficiently poor. Rural Rides William Cobbett When banstead took the chorus out to supper he had the ready repartee of his kind. Viviette William J. Locke “Seems to […]
(often initial capital letter) a chicken of any of several varieties or breeds characterized by very small size. a small and feisty or quarrelsome person. diminutive; tiny: bantam editions of the classics. a village in W Java, in S Indonesia: first Dutch settlement in the East Indies. Contemporary Examples bantam [the eventual paperback publisher] sold […]
to lose weight by practicing Bantingism. Historical Examples Fines inflicted by the bant caste council are, I am informed, spent in the celebration of a temple festival. Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston And I can stand it,’ says I, ‘I’d rather batten than bant any day.’ The Gentle Grafter O. Henry The […]
a boxer or other contestant intermediate in weight between a flyweight and a featherweight, especially a professional boxer weighing up to 118 pounds. Historical Examples Pop couldn’t be much more than a bantamweight, even with all his knives. The Night of the Long Knives Fritz Reuter Leiber noun a professional boxer weighing 112–118 pounds (51–53.5 […]