ogress

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Etymology 1[edit]

ogre +‎ -ess

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ogress (plural ogresses)

  1. A female ogre.
    • 1828, Thomas Keightley, Fairy Mythology, volume II, page 237:
      And in the seventh tale of the third day of the same collection, when Corvetto had hidden himself under the Ogre's bed to steal his quilt, "he began to pull quite gently, when the Ogre awoke, and bid his wife not to pull the clothes that way, or she'd strip him, and he would get his death of cold." "Why, it's you that are stripping me," replied the Ogress, "and you have not left a stitch on me." "Where the devil is the quilt?" says the Ogre[.]
    • 1887, Marie Corelli, Thelma:
      Dear me, Mimsey!. . . you are perfectly outrageous! Do you think I'm an ogress ready to eat her up? On the contrary, I mean to be a friend to her.
  2. A fierce, unfriendly woman.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French ogoesse

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ogress (plural ogresses)

  1. (heraldry) A roundel sable.
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