[ vi-rah-goh, -rey- ]
/ vɪˈrɑ goʊ, -ˈreɪ- /

noun, plural vi·ra·goes, vi·ra·gos.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for virago


/ (vɪˈrɑːɡəʊ) /

noun plural -goes or -gos

a loud, violent, and ill-tempered woman; scold; shrew
archaic a strong, brave, or warlike woman; amazon
Derived Formsviraginous (vɪˈrædʒɪnəs), adjectivevirago-like, adjective

Word Origin for virago

Old English, from Latin: a manlike maiden, from vir a man
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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.
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