Origin of termagant
Examples from the Web for termagant
It was the condition on which the King promised to dismiss the termagant.
So she, gentle and timid to excess, acquired among them the reputation of a termagant.The Portent and Other Stories|George MacDonald
This was one of the rare occasions when the termagant was strangely chary about giving offence.
And I was the termagant who must have put it there, though I have no memory of doing so.The Prairie Child|Arthur Stringer
Hence comes our termagant in the sense of a noisy boisterous woman.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
British Dictionary definitions for termagant
- a shrewish woman; scold
- (as modifier)a termagant woman
Word Origin for termagant
Word Origin and History for termagant
c.1500, "violent, overbearing person" (especially of women), from Teruagant, Teruagaunt (c.1200), name of a fictitious Muslim deity appearing in medieval morality plays, from Old French Tervagant, a proper name in "Chanson de Roland" (c.1100), of uncertain origin.