Definition of Antaeus-like in US English:


(also Anteus-like)


  • Resembling or reminiscent of the mythical giant Antaeus; specifically gaining strength from the earth.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Brathwait (?1588–1673), poet and writer. From Antaeus (classical Latin Antaeus, ancient Greek Ἀνταῖος), the name of a giant, son of Poseidon and Earth, who compelled all comers to wrestle with him, and gained renewed strength from contact with the ground + -like.