elephantine

adjective
el·​e·​phan·​tine | \ ˌe-lə-ˈfan-ˌtēn How to pronounce elephantine (audio) , -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 How to pronounce Elephantine (audio) , -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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective No Simpsons writer or showrunner has publicly commented on their elephantine source material. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a 1960s publicity stunt landed a baby elephant named Annabelle in Alaska," 7 Dec. 2020 Growths the size of golf balls bulged out of his forearm and elephantine ankles. Washington Post, "Chinese metal mines feed the global demand for gadgets. They’re also poisoning China’s poorest regions.," 29 Dec. 2019 Growths the size of golf balls bulged out of his forearm and elephantine ankles. Washington Post, "Chinese metal mines feed the global demand for gadgets. They’re also poisoning China’s poorest regions.," 29 Dec. 2019 Growths the size of golf balls bulged out of his forearm and elephantine ankles. Washington Post, "Chinese metal mines feed the global demand for gadgets. They’re also poisoning China’s poorest regions.," 29 Dec. 2019 And the elephantine new e-Hummer will reportedly have an eye-popping 1,000 horsepower and 11,000 pound-feet of torque. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "The real potential of the electric vehicle revolution," 17 Feb. 2020 Growths the size of golf balls bulged out of his forearm and elephantine ankles. Washington Post, "Chinese metal mines feed the global demand for gadgets. They’re also poisoning China’s poorest regions.," 29 Dec. 2019 Growths the size of golf balls bulged out of his forearm and elephantine ankles. Washington Post, "Chinese metal mines feed the global demand for gadgets. They’re also poisoning China’s poorest regions.," 29 Dec. 2019 Growths the size of golf balls bulged out of his forearm and elephantine ankles. Anchorage Daily News, "Chinese metal mines feed global demand for gadgets and poison China’s poorest regions," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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16 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Elephantine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elephantine. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for elephantine

elephantine

adjective
How to pronounce Elephantine (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of elephantine

: very large like an elephant
: not graceful : awkward or clumsy

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