or Xan·tip·pe



flourished late 5th century b.c., wife of Socrates.
a scolding or ill-tempered wife; a shrewish woman.

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Historical Examples of xanthippe

  • The wife of Socrates, Xanthippe, was a woman of a most fantastical and furious spirit.

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  • The Queen arched her brows and looked inquiringly at Xanthippe for a moment.

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  • Whenever Xanthippe was angry, she used to scold poor Socrates roundly.

  • And now began the trials of Xanthippe, the wife of the literary man.

  • At all events, Xanthippe, the Athenian beauty, was wed to Socrates the philosopher.

British Dictionary definitions for xanthippe


Xantippe (zænˈtɪpɪ)


the wife of Socrates, proverbial as a scolding and quarrelsome woman
any nagging, peevish, or irritable woman
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Word Origin and History for xanthippe


late 16c., spouse of Socrates (5c. B.C.E.), the prototype of the quarrelsome, nagging wife. The name is related to the masc. proper name Xanthippos, a compound of xanthos "yellow" (see xanthous) + hippos "horse" (see equine).

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