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virago

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noun vi·ra·go \və-ˈrä-(ˌ)gō, -ˈrā-; ˈvir-ə-ˌgō\

Simple Definition of virago

  • : an angry woman who often complains about and criticizes other people

Full Definition of virago

plural vi·ra·goes or vi·ra·gos

  1. 1 :  a loud overbearing woman :  termagant

  2. 2 :  a woman of great stature, strength, and courage

vi·rag·i·nous play \və-ˈra-jə-nəs\ adjective

Examples of virago

  1. <fairy tales that typically portray stepmothers as viragoes>



Origin of virago

Middle English, from Latin viragin-, virago, from vir man — more at virile


First Known Use: 14th century


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