Definition of gorgon in English:



Greek Mythology
  • 1Each of three sisters, Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, with snakes for hair, who had the power to turn anyone who looked at them to stone. Medusa was killed by Perseus.

    • ‘It was always my favorite, to read about Cyclopes, gorgons, heroes, and goddesses.’
    • ‘He goes on a quest to kill the gorgon Medusa and is helped by Hermes and Aphrodite.’
    • ‘The gorgons were three sisters, only one of whom, Medusa, was mortal.’
    • ‘Athena invented the flute in order to imitate the cries of gorgons after the death of Medusa.’
    • ‘Soon the holy image of the gorgon Medusa as an ancient symbol of female power and wisdom became totally unacceptable.’
    1. 1.1 A fierce, frightening, or repulsive woman.
      • ‘However, because everyone else in the show talks about her like some terrifying gorgon that needs to be beheaded, Niles' invisible ex-wife casts a disproportional shadow over the entire series.’
      • ‘Under the influence of all sorts of things, including real-life doctor drugs, I turned into a voracious drooling gorgon.’
      • ‘The husky voice, the delivery, the winking humor, and the sly references to acting conventions gone by all suggested a bona-fide artiste, not just a painted gorgon.’
      • ‘As in Dickens, these are gorgons you love to hate: You laugh at how they appall you.’
      • ‘Politically loathsome as the character may be, the actress found herself inventing dialogue to humanise the gorgon.’
      • ‘I bobbed my head around like I was a king pin ‘Your not a girl you're a gorgon.’’
      • ‘In this case, since we were helping an office full of nice people, it was inevitable that we would run into a terrifying, multiheaded gorgon sooner or later.’
      • ‘In fact, she was a wonderful contrast to some of the archive gorgons we had encountered over the years in military and political archives.’
      • ‘She is a blonde gorgon just back from the hairdresser, and with a powerful voice to boot.’
      • ‘I drink expensive drinks, eat at chi-chi over-priced LES restaurants, shop like a gorgon from hell on a day-pass, and hell, I SMOKE.’
      • ‘The words just slipped out; he certainly didn't mean to be a smart-ass - not when she was in this mood - but she gave him the gorgon's glare anyway.’
      • ‘8pm - mother adopts persona of drunken gorgon from hell.’


Via Latin from Greek Gorgō, from gorgos ‘terrible’.