[ vi-rah-goh, -rey- ]
/ vɪˈrɑ goʊ, -ˈreɪ- /
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noun, plural vi·ra·goes, vi·ra·gos.
a loud-voiced, ill-tempered, scolding woman; shrew.
Archaic. a woman of strength or spirit.
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Origin of virago

before 1000; Middle English, Old English <Latin virāgō, equivalent to vir man + -āgō suffix expressing association of some kind, here resemblance
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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 forms of virago

viraginous (vɪˈrædʒɪnəs), adjectivevirago-like, adjective

Word Origin for virago

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