elephantine

adjective
el·​e·​phan·​tine | \ˌe-lə-ˈfan-ˌtēn, -ˌtīn, ˈe-lə-fən-\

Definition of elephantine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having enormous size or strength : massive

b : clumsy, ponderous elephantine verse

2 : of or relating to an elephant

Elephantine

geographical name
El·​e·​phan·​ti·​ne | \ˌe-lə-ˌfan-ˈtī-nē, -fən-, -ˈtē-\

Definition of Elephantine (Entry 2 of 2)

island in the Nile River opposite Aswân in southern Egypt population 1814

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Examples of elephantine in a Sentence

Adjective

He has an elephantine ego. the wedding reception was held under an elephantine tent on the great lawn

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Put another way, how to engage in a covert propaganda campaign aimed at Trump, without upsetting his elephantine ego? New York Times, "First Canada Tried to Charm Trump. Now It’s Fighting Back.," 9 June 2018 And then there was the elephantine object in the room. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "'Das Paradies': A giant globular tear as ticket to heaven," 4 June 2018 In town, the greengrocer finds a fuzzy, marmot-like creature with elephantine ears in a crate of oranges. Frances Leech, Longreads, "Forgetting the Madeleine," 3 May 2018 Perry’s soloing was a melodic, piercing howl atop the latter’s elephantine riff. Marc Hirsh, BostonGlobe.com, "Joe Perry rocks his way at House of Blues," 19 Apr. 2018 Trimming those 20 minutes may have been the more commercial decision and also the more palatable one for the festival, which has a history of reining in directors and their elephantine running times. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "'Ismael's Ghosts' is a messy but vibrant drama from French director Arnaud Desplechin," 5 Apr. 2018 The advertisements alone are like hieroglyphs: endless full pages selling elephantine audio equipment, brands of beer, cigarettes, fountain pens. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "Hugh Hefner Was Never The Star of Playboy," 29 Sep. 2017 Suddenly, the Four Guardsmen came into view: a tight quartet of elephantine sequoia trunks through which the road passes. Jon Mooallem, New York Times, "In the Land of Giants," 23 Mar. 2017 At 13th and New York NW, a trio of elephantine, Day-Glo rams stand atop one another. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A herd of colorful animals has migrated to Washington," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of elephantine

Adjective

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of elephantine was in 1610

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elephantine

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of elephantine

: very large like an elephant

: not graceful : awkward or clumsy

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