Biddy (was Peter)
dsalmon at salmon.org
Thu Apr 19 17:11:47 UTC 2001
According to Webster's and my recollection of my grandfather's Texas farm,
"biddy" is a name for a young hen or chicken, I suppose the female
equivalent of banty, as in banty rooster. OED suggests it traces to Gaelic,
not bitty. Back when people had chickens, it could have been a good
nickname for someone who was small.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marc Pierce" <karhu at umich.edu>
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2001 1:31 PM
[ moderator snip ]
> Also, apropos "biddy," this is still reasonably common in some contexts,
> e.g. youth basketball leagues are often called "biddy basketball." Is
> this perhaps a variant of "bitty"?
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