Definition of termagant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtɜːməɡənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrməɡənt//
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a woman who is very strict or who tries to tell people what to do, in an unpleasant way Word OriginMiddle English (originally referring to an imaginary deity of violent and turbulent character who often appeared in morality plays): via Old French from Italian Trivagante, taken to be from Latin tri- ‘three’ + vagant- ‘wandering’, and to refer to the moon “wandering” between heaven, earth, and hell under the three names Selene, Artemis, and Persephone.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: termagant