- a loud-voiced, ill-tempered, scolding woman; shrew.
- Archaic. a woman of strength or spirit.
Origin of virago
before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Latin virāgō, equivalent to vir man + -āgō suffix expressing association of some kind, here resemblance
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1. scold, nag, termagant, harpy, Xanthippe.
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Examples from the Web for virago
He would have crimsoned to the eyes, no doubt, and fled from the virago.Way of the Lawless
I got a dispatch from, him quoting the Virago of Paris—meaning the Figaro, of course.
Ah, you coolly come, with that virago on your arm, to make a fool of me before everyone.L'Assommoir
When he returned he found the virago awaiting him at the door.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)
Alexandre Dumas pre
On which the virago says to her victim, "My dear, I thocht it was yersel'!"The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
- a loud, violent, and ill-tempered woman; scold; shrew
- archaic a strong, brave, or warlike woman; amazon
Old English, from Latin: a manlike maiden, from vir a man
Word Origin and History for virago
late 14c., "man-like or heroic woman," from Latin 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper