virago

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin virāgo (warlike or heroic woman).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /vɪˈɹɑːɡəʊ/
  • Hyphenation: vi‧ra‧go

Noun[edit]

virago (plural viragos or viragoes)

  1. A woman given to undue belligerence or ill manner at the slightest provocation; a shrew, a termagant.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 22, in 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. A woman who is scolding, domineering, or highly opinionated; a fishwife, a nag.
  3. A woman who is rough, loud, and aggressive.

Quotations[edit]

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

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Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: vi‧ra‧go

Noun[edit]

virago f (invariable or literary plural: viragini)

  1. amazon

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From vir (man).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

virāgō f (genitive virāginis); third declension

  1. a warlike woman

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative virāgō virāginēs
genitive virāginis virāginum
dative virāginī virāginibus
accusative virāginem virāginēs
ablative virāgine virāginibus
vocative virāgō virāginēs

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • virago in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • virago in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “virago”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • virago” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin virāgō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: vi‧ra‧go

Noun[edit]

virago f (plural viragos)

  1. (pejorative) a manly woman