enor·mous | \i-ˈnȯr-məs, ē-\

Definition of enormous 

1a 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

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enormously adverb
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

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

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Viewed coldly in baseball terms, his death left an enormous hole in the rotation, and erased the advantage of having a front-of-the-rotation talent under club-friendly terms through 2021. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The State of the Royals, Part 1 of 2: How did they get here?," 12 July 2018 Yerry Mina's stoppage time equaliser in that game pushed the odds back to 6/1, while England were then briefly at an enormous 20/1 after Jordan Henderson missed in the penalty shootout meant that the team's chances suddenly were hanging by a thread. SI.com, "Timeline of Hope and Glory: How England's Odds of Winning the World Cup Have Changed in 6 Months," 11 July 2018 There were periods when [my child’s] life was very much in the balance, and the weight of that is enormous. Erica Sood, Phd, Philly.com, "Fathers of seriously ill children experience stress differently than mothers," 27 June 2018 And the city of Noto is built on four streets ascending the mountain: the street of houses, the street of churches, the street of palaces, and the street of monasteries, which are enormous. Marie-noëlle Bauer, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the Man Behind the World's Greatest Hotels Spends His Time Off," 8 June 2018 The main issue with ordering there is that the portions of the less nutritious stuff are enormous, while the good-for-you items come in scarcer quantities. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Is Chipotle Healthy? It Can Be if You Order Right," 1 June 2018 Building a time-traveling spaceship may be the best place to start, but the engineering obstacles, at least for now, are enormous. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "We Already Know How To Build a Time Machine," 28 May 2018 The alternative course is to ramp up pressures and prepare to take on board the enormous risks and costs inevitably attached to forcibly achieving CVID. Sean Illing, Vox, "Trump just canceled the North Korea summit. 9 experts explain what happens now.," 24 May 2018 Big if true—because the conflict surrounding the film has been enormous. Yohana Desta, HWD, "A Brief, Exhausting Guide to Terry Gilliam’s Cursed Don Quixote Movie," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of enormous

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for enormous

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

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English Language Learners Definition of enormous

: very great in size or amount


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Kids Definition of enormous

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

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