virago


vi·ra·go

noun \və-ˈrä-(ˌ)gō, -ˈrā-; ˈvir-ə-ˌgō\

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

plural vi·ra·goes or vi·ra·gos

Full Definition of VIRAGO

1
:  a loud overbearing woman :  termagant
2
:  a woman of great stature, strength, and courage
vi·rag·i·nous \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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