enor·​mous i-ˈnȯr-məs How to pronounce enormous (audio)
: marked by extraordinarily great size, number, or degree
especially : exceeding usual bounds or accepted notions
: exceedingly wicked : shocking
an enormous sin
archaic : abnormal, inordinate
enormousness noun
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enormous, immense, huge, vast, gigantic, colossal, mammoth mean exceedingly large.

enormous and immense both suggest an exceeding of all ordinary bounds in size or amount or degree, but enormous often adds an implication of abnormality or monstrousness.

an enormous expense
an immense shopping mall

huge commonly suggests an immensity of bulk or amount.

incurred a huge debt

vast usually suggests immensity of extent.

the vast Russian steppes

gigantic stresses the contrast with the size of others of the same kind.

a gigantic sports stadium

colossal applies especially to a human creation of stupendous or incredible dimensions.

a colossal statue of Lincoln

mammoth suggests both hugeness and ponderousness of bulk.

a mammoth boulder

Examples of enormous in a Sentence

They live in an enormous house. We chose not to undertake the project because of the enormous costs involved.
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Word History


Latin enormis, from e, ex out of + norma rule

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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The first known use of enormous was in 1531

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“Enormous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enormous. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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enor·​mous i-ˈnȯr-məs How to pronounce enormous (audio)
: extraordinarily great in size, number, or degree
enormously adverb
enormousness noun

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