virago

virago

[vi-rah-goh, -rey-]
noun, plural viragoes, viragos.
1.
a loud-voiced, ill-tempered, scolding woman; shrew.
2.
Archaic. a woman of strength or spirit.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Latin virāgō, equivalent to vir man + -āgō suffix expressing association of some kind, here resemblance


1. scold, nag, termagant, harpy, Xanthippe.
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virago (vɪˈrɑːɡəʊ)
 
n , pl -goes, -gos
1.  a loud, violent, and ill-tempered woman; scold; shrew
2.  archaic a strong, brave, or warlike woman; amazon
 
[Old English, from Latin: a manlike maiden, from vir a man]
 
viraginous
 
adj
 
vi'rago-like
 
adj

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virago
late 14c., "man-like or heroic woman," from L. virago, from vir "man" (see virile). Ælfric (c.1000), following Vulgate, used it in Gen. ii.23 (KJV = woman):
Beo hire nama Uirago, þæt is, fæmne, forðan ðe heo is of hire were genumen.
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