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Meaning of TERMAGANT

Pronunciation:  'turmugunt

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman

TERMAGANT is a 9 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: shrew
 See Also: disagreeable woman, unpleasant woman, virago



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ter"ma*gant\, n. [OE. Trivigant, Termagant, Termagant
    (in sense 1), OF. Tervagan; cf. It. Trivigante.]
    1. An imaginary being supposed by the Christians to be a
       Mohammedan 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.''
             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.
  2. \Ter"ma*gant\, a.
    Tumultuous; turbulent; boisterous; furious; quarrelsome;
    scolding. -- {Ter"ma*gant*ly}, adv.
          A termagant, imperious, prodigal, profligate wench.