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  1. Xanthippe.


or Xan·tip·pe

  1. flourished late 5th century b.c., wife of Socrates.
  2. a scolding or ill-tempered wife; a shrewish woman.
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  • His domestic life was not happy, his wife, Xantippe, being a noted shrew.

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  • It is not Xantippe, but Lucretia, whom I call the woman of true courage.

  • But Xantippe was too busy folding out the creases of her cloak to notice him.

  • "I am going out for work," he said, as Xantippe opened her eyes.

  • Xantippe was there, talking to her child, and quietly bade him go away.

British Dictionary definitions for xantippe


Xantippe (zænˈtɪpɪ)

  1. the wife of Socrates, proverbial as a scolding and quarrelsome woman
  2. any nagging, peevish, or irritable woman
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Word Origin and History for xantippe


late 16c., 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" (see xanthous) + hippos "horse" (see equine).

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