Meaning of iron woman in English:

iron woman

Pronunciation /ˌʌɪən ˈwʊmən/


  • 1literary (frequently derogatory). A woman regarded as hard-hearted or unfeeling; a strong, determined, or unyielding woman.

  • 2A woman who is hardy, robust, or capable of great endurance; now specifically a powerful female athlete, especially one who excels in endurance events.


Mid 19th century. From iron + woman, after iron man.