- an imaginary deity believed by medieval Christians to be worshiped by Muslims and represented in morality plays as a boisterous, overbearing figure
- a boisterous, quarrelsome, scolding woman; shrew
Origin of termagantMiddle English Tervagant ; from OFr, name of an imaginary Muslim deity probably introduced by the Crusaders
of the nature of a termagant; quarrelsome; scolding
A woman regarded as quarrelsome or scolding; a shrew.
Origin of termagantFrom Middle English Termagaunt, imaginary Muslim deity portrayed as a violent and overbearing character in medieval mystery plays, alteration of Tervagant, from Old French.
(comparative more termagant, superlative most termagant)
- (archaic) An imaginary deity with a violent temperament who featured in medieval mystery plays, represented as being worshiped by Muslims