What does the word harpy mean?

Usage examples for harpy

  1. " She's an old harpy," declared Joel; " mean, horrid, old thing!" – Five Little Peppers at School by Margaret Sidney
  2. And behind it all you feel the hostility of his family, who look upon you as a species of harpy. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  3. Tom was tolerably discreet, but Gerald, before long, let out the whole story, greatly to the amusement of the other warrant- officers, who were continually reminding poor Mr Large of his night on " Harpy Island." – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston