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vi·ra·go

 (və-rä′gō, -rā′-, vîr′ə-gō′)
n. pl. vi·ra·goes or vi·ra·gos
1. A woman regarded as noisy, scolding, or domineering.
2. A large, strong, courageous woman.

[Latin virāgō, from vir, man; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots.]

vi·rag′i·nous (və-răj′ə-nəs) adj.

virago

(vɪˈrɑːɡəʊ)
n, pl -goes or -gos
1. a loud, violent, and ill-tempered woman; scold; shrew
2. archaic a strong, brave, or warlike woman; amazon
[Old English, from Latin: a manlike maiden, from vir a man]
viraginous adj
viˈrago-ˌlike adj

vi•ra•go

(vɪˈrɑ goʊ, -ˈreɪ-)

n., pl. -goes, -gos.
1. a loud-voiced, ill-tempered, scolding woman; shrew.
2. Archaic. a woman of strength or spirit.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Latin virāgō=vir man + -āgō suffix expressing association of some kind, here resemblance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.virago - a noisy or scolding or domineering womanvirago - a noisy or scolding or domineering woman
shrew, termagant - a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman
2.virago - a large strong and aggressive womanvirago - a large strong and aggressive woman
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"

virago

noun harridan, fury, shrew, vixen, scold, battle-axe (informal), termagant (rare), Xanthippe, ballbreaker (slang) Violent wives are too easily dismissed as hysterical, man-hating viragos.

virago

noun
A person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes:
Informal: battle-ax.
Translations

virago

[vɪˈrɑːgəʊ] N (viragoes or viragos (pl)) → fiera f, arpía f

virago

nXanthippe f

virago

[vɪˈrɑːgəʊ] n (frm, pej) → virago f
References in classic literature ?
It met its persecutor with a shriek, almost exactly like that of an angry virago.
He paid two dollars and a half a month rent for the small room he got from his Portuguese landlady, Maria Silva, a virago and a widow, hard working and harsher tempered, rearing her large brood of children somehow, and drowning her sorrow and fatigue at irregular intervals in a gallon of the thin, sour wine that she bought from the corner grocery and saloon for fifteen cents.
It is the worst insult one virago can cast upon another in a moment of altercation.
Tess soon perceived as she walked in the flock, sometimes with this one, sometimes with that, that the fresh night air was producing staggerings and serpentine courses among then men who had partaken too freely; some of the more careless women also were wandering in their gait--to wit, a dark virago, Car Darch, dubbed Queen of Spades, till lately a favourite of d'Urberville's; Nancy, her sister, nicknamed the Queen of Diamonds; and the young married woman who had already tumbled down.
His own woman was of the party--a veritable giantess, a virago of the first magnitude--and she was evidently the only thing in the world of which Usanga stood in awe.
All he discovered was a strange, fat woman, a sort of virago, who had, apparently, been put in as a caretaker by the man of affairs.
In this she was quite unlike the rest of the girls and women of the Folk, who were born viragos.
The 15 year relationship between Shawna Virago, a folk-punk singer-songwriter with a cult following, and Sean Dorsey, a critically-acclaimed dancer and choreographer, has fueled their own creative, cultural, and political accomplishments--and helped elevate the work of dozens of other trans artists.
Virago, an international publisher of books by women, plans to publish graphic novels for the first time and has acquired rights to two titles in the genre, book trade magazine The Bookseller revealed on Tuesday.
Gayle's mother, Mildred Abramowitz Kirschenbaum, now 92, comes off as a figure out of a Philip Roth novel: larger-than-life, selfish, cruel, passive-aggressive, and aggressive-aggressive, a virago of venom.
Virago Modern Classics have reissued two titles by Rumer Godden: an author who will be largely unknown to modern children, but who published over 60 acclaimed books for children and adults.
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