ter·​ma·​gant | \ ˈtər-mə-gənt How to pronounce termagant (audio) \

Definition of termagant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized : a deity erroneously ascribed to Islam by medieval European Christians and represented in early English drama as a violent character
2 : an overbearing or nagging woman : shrew



Definition of termagant (Entry 2 of 2)

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rita may be a bossy termagant, but her adoring Beppe appears to love being whacked around from time to time, so what’s the harm? John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Opera Theater brings flair to comic, serious Donizetti one-acters," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of termagant


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1546, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for termagant


Middle English

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“Termagant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/termagant. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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