What does virago mean?

Definitions for viragovɪˈrɑ goʊ, -ˈreɪ-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. virago(noun)

    a noisy or scolding or domineering woman

  2. amazon, virago(noun)

    a large strong and aggressive woman


  1. virago(Noun)

    (said of a woman) Given to undue belligerence or ill manner at the slightest provocation; a shrew, a termagant

  2. virago(Noun)

    (said of a woman) scolding, domineering, highly opinionated; a fishwife, a nag

  3. virago(Noun)

    (said of a woman) rough, loud, and aggressive

  4. virago(Adjective)

    pertaining to a virago

  5. Origin: From virago.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virago(noun)

    a woman of extraordinary stature, strength, and courage; a woman who has the robust body and masculine mind of a man; a female warrior

  2. Virago(noun)

    hence, a mannish woman; a bold, turbulent woman; a termagant; a vixen

  3. Origin: [L. virago, -intis, from vir a man. See Virile.]


  1. Virago

    A virago is a woman who demonstrates exemplary and heroic qualities. The word comes from the Latin word vir, meaning virile '' to which the suffix -ago is added, a suffix that effectively re-genders the word to be female. The word virago has almost always had an association with cultural gender transgression. A virago, of whatever excellence, was still identified by her gender. There are recorded instances of viragos, such as Joan of Arc, fighting battles, wearing men's clothing, or receiving the tonsure. This could cause social anxiety. For this reason, the word virago could also be used disparagingly, to imply that a virago was not excellent or heroic, but was instead violating cultural norms. Thus virago joined pejoratives such as termagant and shrew to demean women who acted aggressively or like men.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Virago

    vi-rā′go, or vī-rā′gō, n. a masculine woman: a bold, impudent woman: a termagant.—adjs. Viragin′ian, Viraginous (viraj′-).n. Viragin′ity. [L.,—vir, a man.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of virago in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of virago in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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