virago


virago

noun, plural vi·ra·goes, vi·ra·gos.

  1. a loud-voiced, ill-tempered, scolding woman; shrew.
  2. Archaic. a woman of strength or spirit.

noun plural -goes or -gos

  1. a loud, violent, and ill-tempered woman; scold; shrew
  2. archaic a strong, brave, or warlike woman; amazon
n.

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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