Xanthippe

Xanthippe

[zan-tip-ee]
noun
1.
flourished late 5th century b.c, wife of Socrates.
2.
a scolding or ill-tempered wife; a shrewish woman.
Also, Xantippe.
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Xanthippe or Xantippe (zænˈθɪpɪ, zænˈtɪpɪ)
 
n
1.  the wife of Socrates, proverbial as a scolding and quarrelsome woman
2.  any nagging, peevish, or irritable woman
 
Xantippe or Xantippe
 
n

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Xanthippe
1596, spouse of Socrates (5c. B.C.E.), the prototype of the quarrelsome, nagging wife. The name is related to the masc. proper name Xanthippos, a compound of xanthos "yellow" + hippos "horse."
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