- a violent, turbulent, or brawling woman.
- (initial capital letter) a mythical deity popularly believed in the Middle Ages to be worshiped by the Muslims and introduced into the morality play as a violent, overbearing personage in long robes.
- violent; turbulent; brawling; shrewish.
Origin of termagant
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Related Wordsraucous, noisy, rowdy, unruly, boisterous, chaotic, quarrelsome, lawless, violent, fierce, rough, bitter, stormy, turbulent, hectic, riotous, fractious, rebellious, disruptive, shrew
Examples from the Web for termagant
His wife is a shrew, a termagant, who embitters every hour of his existence.The Lion's Skin
The child must not be suffered to grow up into a termagant—you will admit that, I hope?Brother Copas
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
This bride was a canting hypocrite of sixty-three, covetous, and a termagant.The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck
She seemed to be a sort of termagant, and she said nobody said that about her unless you told them.
There are two claimants on the Milanese, then; the Spanish Termagant, and he?History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XII. (of XXI.)
- a shrewish woman; scold
- (as modifier)a termagant woman
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.