ettin

n.

an old word for "a giant," extinct since 16c., from Old English eoten "giant, monster," from Proto-Germanic *itunoz "giant" (cf. Old Norse iotunn, Danish jætte).


Nearby words

  1. etruscology,
  2. ets,
  3. etsy,
  4. etta,
  5. ettarre,
  6. etude,
  7. etui,
  8. etv,
  9. ety.,
  10. etym.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for ettin

  • He soon came to the Ettin's castle, where he knocked, and was admitted.

  • He soon came to the Ettin's castle, where he found the door shut, but he knocked boldly, and was admitted.

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