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[jahy-uh n-tis] /ˈdʒaɪ ən tɪs/
an imaginary female being of human form but superhuman size, strength, etc.
any very large woman.
Origin of giantess
1350-1400; Middle English geauntesse < Old French. See giant, -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Opposite me they are exhibiting a giantess, in a satin gown which she raises to show her legs.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • Ingiborg again said 'No'; and the giantess took leave of her and went away.

  • A giantess of alarming dimensions, beaming with maternal ecstasy!

  • The giantess was delighted, and challenged him to wrestle with her.

  • The second line parted and down fell the trap with a heavy thud, just as the giantess reached it.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
  • The giantess, who ate raw pigeons, or any other fowl that was most convenient.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • As the giantess sprang upon the little group of guards, a volley of arrows and spears flew into her face.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
  • On the floor lay the giantess, who had drank too much brandy.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • A dauntless eagle sat upon the height of the giantess' Rock, and began to strike his harp.

    The Heroes of Asgard Annie Keary
Word Origin and History for giantess

late 14c., from giant + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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