[ brim-stohn ]
/ ˈbrɪmˌstoʊn /


a virago; shrew.

Origin of brimstone

before 1150; Middle English brinston, etc., late Old English brynstān. See burn1, stone
Related formsbrim·ston·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brimstone


/ (ˈbrɪmˌstəʊn) /


an obsolete name for sulphur
a common yellow butterfly, Gonepteryx rhamni, of N temperate regions of the Old World: family Pieridae
archaic a scolding nagging woman; virago

Word Origin for brimstone

Old English brynstān; related to Old Norse brennistein; see burn 1, stone
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