virago

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin virago (warlike or heroic woman).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

virago (plural viragos)

  1. (said of a woman) Given to undue belligerence or ill manner at the slightest provocation; a shrew, a termagant.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 22, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Not unnaturally, “Auntie” took this communication in bad part. Thus outraged, she showed herself to be a bold as well as a furious virago. Next day she found her way to their lodgings and tried to recover her ward by the hair of the head.
  2. (said of a woman) Scolding, domineering, highly opinionated; a fishwife, a nag.
  3. (said of a woman) Rough, loud, and aggressive.

TranslationsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

virago

  1. pertaining to a virago
    • 1964, Joan was all Arden, grinning there, siding with her virago mother. — Anthony Burgess, Nothing Like the Sun

Derived termsEdit


ItalianEdit

NounEdit

virago f (invariable or literary plural: viragini)

  1. amazon

AnagramsEdit


LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From vir (man).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

virago f (genitive viragīnis); third declension

  1. a warlike woman

InflectionEdit

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative virago viraginēs
genitive viraginis viraginum
dative viraginī viraginibus
accusative viraginem viraginēs
ablative viragine viraginibus
vocative virago viraginēs
Last modified on 18 April 2014, at 17:01