[ ban-shee ]
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Part of Speechnoun
Origin + Etymology
Late 17th century; Old Irishfrom Irish bean sídhe, from Old Irish ben síde ‘woman of the fairies’
  • demon
  • phantom
  • spirit
  • spook
  • visitor
  • being
  • reality
(in Irish legend) a female spirit whose wailing warns of an impending death in a house
A) The little girl cried like a banshee when she lost her favorite teddy bear. B) Something must have been horribly wrong because my neighbor was screeching like a banshee!
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