gorgon

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Γοργώ (Gorgō), from γοργός (gorgos, terrible).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: gor‧gon

Adjective[edit]

gorgon (comparative more gorgon, superlative most gorgon)

  1. Like a gorgon; very ugly or terrifying.

Noun[edit]

gorgon (plural gorgons)

  1. (Greek mythology) A vicious female monster from Greek mythology with sharp fangs and hair of living, venomous snakes.
  2. An intimidating, ugly, or disgusting woman; anything hideous or horrid.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
    "Swilling martinis and spewing venom, Phyllis is a particularly unappetizing gorgon, telling us at one point that an acquaintance of hers is aroused by the Heimlich maneuver." — Washington Post, July 1, 2005

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References[edit]

  • Chambers's Etymological Dictionary, 1896, p. 208

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