from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A giant; a gigangtic spectre; an apparition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A giant; a gigantic specter; an apparition.
From Middle English thurse, thursse, thyrce, thurs, thirs, from Old English þyrs ("giant, enchanter, demon, wizard"), from Proto-Germanic *þurisaz, *þursaz, *þursiz (“giant, name of the Th-Rune”), from Proto-Indo-European *tur-, *twer- (“to rotate, twirl, swirl, move”). Cognate with German Turse ("giant"), Danish tosse ("a fool, buffoon"), Norwegian tuss, tusse, tust ("goblin, kobold, elf, a dull fellow"), Icelandic þurs ("giant"). (Wiktionary)
The Old English word ‘thyrse’ or ‘thurse’ is obsolete in modern English but occasionally appears in place names, e.g.