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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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  • Yet he would be a bold man who would administer emetics to the giantess.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • She was very tall indeed, six feet, but she looked like a giantess.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Well,” said the giantess, when she came in, “is there anything you wish?

    Irish Fairy Tales Edmond Leamy
  • He was not wont to miss his mark, and the giantess fled, howling.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • "Well, I'll come back again," said the giantess, and she went away.

    The Golden Spears Edmund Leamy
  • A giantess who sat in a dark cave had laughed them to scorn.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • The giantess is kept there by the gibes of Atli till the daybreak.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • And the giantess is turned into stone, a great harbour mark, to be laughed at.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • Ingiborg again said 'No'; and the giantess took leave of her and went away.

Word Origin and History for giantess

late 14c., from giant + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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