termagant

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Termagant \Ter"ma*gant\, adjective Tumultuous; turbulent; boisterous; furious; quarrelsome; scolding. -- {Ter"ma*gant*ly}, adverb

A termagant, imperious, prodigal, profligate wench. --Arbuthnot.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Termagant \Ter"ma*gant\, noun [OE. Trivigant, Termagant, Termagant (in sense 1), OF. Tervagan; cf. It. Trivigante.]

1. An imaginary being supposed by the Christians to be a Moslem deity or false god. He is represented in the ancient moralities, farces, and puppet shows as extremely vociferous and tumultous. [Obs.] --Chaucer. "And oftentimes by Termagant and Mahound [Mahomet] swore." --Spenser.

The lesser part on Christ believed well, On Termagant the more, and on Mahound. --Fairfax.

2. A boisterous, brawling, turbulent person; -- formerly applied to both sexes, now only to women.

This terrible termagant, this Nero, this Pharaoh. --Bale (1543).

The slave of an imperious and reckless termagant. --Macaulay.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

termagant

noun

1: a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman [syn: {shrew}, {termagant}]


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