Definition of virago in English:


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Pronunciation: /vɪˈrɑːɡəʊ
, -ˈreɪɡəʊ/

noun (plural viragos or viragoes)

1A domineering, violent, or bad-tempered woman: that virago of a wife of his needs locking up
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  • I mutely watched two petite viragos lob insults at each other over the ethics of having a friend hold one's place in line.
  • He lies awake at night, with Laura in the next room, sleeping the sleep of the virago.
  • There's no one in the whole of London who will disagree with the fact that Her Ladyship is a virago, plain and simple.
harridan, shrew, dragon, termagant, vixen;
fishwife, witch, hellcat, she-devil, tartar, martinet, spitfire, hag, gorgon, fury, ogress, harpy, nag, trout
informal battleaxe, old bag, old bat, cow, old cow, bitch
archaic scold
rare Xanthippe
1.1 archaic A woman of masculine strength or spirit; a female warrior.
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  • So virility was manliness as opposed to eunuchism, and a virago was a woman acting like a man.


Old English (used only as the name given by Adam to Eve, following the Vulgate), from Latin 'heroic woman, female warrior', from vir 'man'. The current sense dates from late Middle English.

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