What does the word beldame mean?

Usage examples for beldame

  1. The old beldame gave our men a hard job, for she tried to make off to the forest, and called aloud: " Hind- Hind!" – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. Madam League, after struggling feebly for the past few years, a decrepit beldame, was at last dead and buried. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  3. So Hope's bright torch more clearly shines, Amidst surrounding gloom, And, beldame Fortune vainly throws Her mantle o'er the tomb. – Elegies and Other Small Poems by Matilda Betham