Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[gawr-guh n] /ˈgɔr gən/
Classical Mythology. any of three sister monsters commonly represented as having snakes for hair, wings, brazen claws, and eyes that turned anyone looking into them to stone. Medusa, the only mortal Gorgon, was beheaded by Perseus.
(lowercase) a mean, ugly, or repulsive woman.
Origin of Gorgon
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin Gorgōn < Greek Gorgṓ, derivative of gorgós dreadful
Related forms
[gawr-goh-nee-uh n] /gɔrˈgoʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Gorgon
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • In its surface he could safely look at the reflection of the Gorgon's face.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Hence the Gorgon, one of her consorts, was ordered to go ahead and lead the way.

  • The Gorgon cannot have looked more coldly wicked than her ladyship just then.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Unfortunately the journal says very little of the Gorgon's voyage home.

    Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora Edward Edwards
  • "Surely the Gorgon was a kind of prehistoric suffragette," objected Dick.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • The Gorgon stares you out of countenance, and that suffices.

    The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915 Basil L. Gildersleeve
  • Myrtle fossilized them as suddenly as if she had been a Gorgon instead of a beauty.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Nor must we forget that he has run upon a limitation, that Gorgon from whom he fled.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
British Dictionary definitions for Gorgon


(Greek myth) any of three winged monstrous sisters, Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, who had live snakes for hair, huge teeth, and brazen claws
(often not capital) (informal) a fierce or unpleasant woman
Word Origin
via Latin Gorgō from Greek, from gorgos terrible
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for Gorgon

late 14c., any of the three hideous sisters in Greek legend, whose look turned beholders to stone (Madusa was one of them), from Greek Gorgo (plural Gorgones), from gorgos "terrible," of unknown origin. Transferred sense of "terrifyingly ugly person" is from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for gorgon

Word Value for Gorgon

Scrabble Words With Friends