a villainous woman.

Origin of villainess

First recorded in 1580–90; villain + -ess

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of villainess

Historical Examples of villainess

  • Of course these matters may be important—if the lady is the villainess, for instance.

    The Lure of the Pen

    Flora Klickmann

  • Thus we took up our parts of (alleged) villain and villainess.

    The Heather-Moon

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

  • She told him he was making a villainess out of her, and that she'd end their meetings.

    The Precipice

    Elia Wilkinson Peattie

  • And the heart-beats were not calmed, for Marise recognised the contralto tones of Miss Marks, the villainess of her dream.

    Vision House

    C. N. Williamson

  • If the villainess were a blonde, the gallery would take her for the heroine, and things would get terribly mixed.