termagant

1 of 2

noun

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

termagant

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adjective

Example Sentences

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Noun
But the film belongs to Moreno, clearly relishing the chance to play an unapologetic termagant. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 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, 15 Apr. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1546, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of termagant was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Termagant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/termagant. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

termagant 1 of 2

noun

ter·​ma·​gant ˈtər-mə-gənt How to pronounce termagant (audio)
: a nagging woman

termagant

2 of 2

adjective

: noisily nagging
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