noun, plural vi·ra·goes, vi·ra·gos.
- a loud-voiced, ill-tempered, scolding woman; shrew.
- Archaic. a woman of strength or spirit.
noun plural -goes or -gos
- a loud, violent, and ill-tempered woman; scold; shrew
- archaic a strong, brave, or warlike woman; amazon
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.