: being such as may excite trembling or arouse dread, awe, or terror
a : notable by reason of extreme size, power, greatness, or excellence <tremendous problems> <a writer of tremendous talent> —often used as a generalized term of approval <had a tremendous time>
b : unusually large : huge <a tremendous number of people>
— tre·men·dous·ly adverb
— tre·men·dous·ness noun
Examples of TREMENDOUS
- He has a tremendous amount of energy.
- The engine's power is tremendous.
- She is a writer of tremendous talent.
- We had a tremendous time.
Origin of TREMENDOUS
from gerundive of tremere
First Known Use: 1632
Related to TREMENDOUS
- astronomical (also astronomic), Brobdingnagian, bumper, colossal, cosmic (also cosmical), cyclopean, elephantine, enormous, galactic, gargantuan, giant, gigantesque, gigantic, grand, herculean, heroic (also heroical), Himalayan, humongous (also humungous), immense, jumbo, king-size (or king-sized), leviathan, mammoth, massive, mega, mighty, monster, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, oceanic, pharaonic, planetary, prodigious, super, super-duper, supersize, supersized, titanic, huge, vast, vasty, walloping, whacking, whopping
- bantam, bitty, diminutive, infinitesimal, Lilliputian, little bitty, micro, microminiature, microscopic (also microscopical), midget, miniature, minuscule, minute, pocket, pygmy, teensy, teensy-weensy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, wee
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