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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
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