enormous

adjective
enor·​mous | \ i-ˈnȯr-məs How to pronounce enormous (audio) , ē-\

Definition of enormous

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

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Other Words from enormous

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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The expectations that are heaped on the shoulders of our boys are enormous. Kate T. Parker, Good Housekeeping, "I Didn't Think Boys Needed to Hear a Message of Self-Acceptance. I Was So Wrong.," 30 Apr. 2019 By the time the year was done, the gap was enormous; the average investor, by Dalbar’s calculation, was pulling money from their stock funds in 2018, but had lousy timing. Chuck Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "Lessons lost; investors failed the downturn test of 2018," 13 Apr. 2019 The drama of those origins—the smallish overflow that became so mighty a force—is enormous, and the film’s writers make the most of it. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘America’s Mississippi’ Review: Overflowing With Life," 29 Nov. 2018 The field of power banks is enormous, and some offer unique features like wireless charging or gimmicky extras such as flashlights. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The best battery packs for carrying everywhere and charging everything," 17 Aug. 2018 The stakes are enormous, and advocacy groups that don't have to unveil their donors are spending heavily to shape the fight. Kevin Freking, chicagotribune.com, "What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle," 9 July 2018 There’s so much bias against mental health in general, and for maternal mental health, the stigma issues are enormous. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "The New Postpartum Depression Drug Zulresso Comes With a Catch," 20 Mar. 2019 Suddenly the stakes were higher, and the power of the presidency was enormous. Sean Illing, Vox, "Can the 25th Amendment be invoked to remove Trump from office? I asked one of its authors.," 14 Feb. 2019 Southeast Asia may be the birthplace of the sport and the stage for its greatest champions, but an enormous variety of regional tournaments and domestic events have sprung up around the globe. Raj Moham Viswanathan, Fox News, "Thais digging in to keep an Asian game at the Asian Games," 25 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of enormous

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

History and Etymology for enormous

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

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enormous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of enormous

: very great in size or amount

enormous

adjective
enor·​mous | \ i-ˈnȯr-məs How to pronounce enormous (audio) \

Kids Definition of enormous

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

Other Words from enormous

enormously adverb

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