dragon lady

dragon lady

noun
(often initial capital letters) a woman of somewhat sinister glamour often perceived as wielding ruthless or corrupt power.

Origin:
after the villainous Oriental woman in the cartoon strip Terry and the Pirates (1934–1973) created by U.S. cartoonist Milton Caniff (born 1907)

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To dragon lady
American Heritage
Idioms & Phrases

dragon lady

A domineering or belligerent woman, as in They called her the neighborhood dragon ladyshe was always yelling at the children. This slangy term was originally the name of a villainous Asian woman in Milton Caniff's popular cartoon strip Terry and the Pirates (1934-1973), which ran in many newspapers. It was transferred to more general use in the mid-1900s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature