[jahy-uh n-tis]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for giantess

Contemporary Examples of giantess

Historical Examples of giantess

  • 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

Word Origin and History for giantess

late 14c., from giant + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper