enormous

adjective enor·mous \ i-ˈnȯr-məs , ē- \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of enormous

1 a archaic : abnormal, inordinate
b : exceedingly wicked : shocking
  • an enormous sin
2 : marked by extraordinarily great size, number, or degree; especially : exceeding usual bounds or accepted notions

enormously

adverb

enormousness

noun

Examples of enormous in a Sentence

  1. They live in an enormous house.

  2. We chose not to undertake the project because of the enormous costs involved.

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Origin and Etymology of enormous

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

Synonym Discussion of enormous

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

ENORMOUS Defined for English Language Learners

enormous

adjective

Definition of enormous for English Language Learners

  • : very great in size or amount


ENORMOUS Defined for Kids

enormous

adjective enor·mous \ i-ˈnȯr-məs \

Definition of enormous for Students

: unusually great in size, number, or degree
  • an enormous animal
  • an enormous problem

enormously

adverb


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