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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. 2015.
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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
  • Yet he would be a bold man who would administer emetics to the giantess.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • A giantess of alarming dimensions, beaming with maternal ecstasy!

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

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • 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
  • "Well, I'll come back again," said the giantess, and she went away.

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

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • 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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