- Gr. Myth. any of three sisters with snakes for hair, so horrible that the beholder is turned to stone
- [g-] any ugly, terrifying, or repulsive woman
Origin of GorgonMiddle English from Classical Latin Gorgo (gen. Gorgonis) from Classical Greek Gorg? from gorgos, terrible, fierce
- Greek Mythology Any of the three sisters Stheno, Euryale, and the mortal Medusa who had snakes for hair and eyes that if looked into turned the beholder into stone.
- gorgon A woman regarded as ugly or terrifying.
Origin of GorgonMiddle English from Latin Gorgō Gorgon- from Greek from gorgos terrible
- (Greek mythology) A vicious female monster from Greek mythology with sharp fangs and hair of living, venomous snakes.
- An intimidating, ugly, or disgusting woman; anything hideous or horrid.
- "Swilling martinis and spewing venom, Phyllis is a particularly unappetizing gorgon, telling us at one point that an acquaintance of hers is aroused by the Heimlich maneuver." — Washington Post, July 1, 2005
From Ancient Greek Γοργώ (Gorgō), from γοργός (gorgos, “terrible”).