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.
Recent Examples on the Web This diligence takes an enormous amount of time unavailable to most without the aid of technology. David Trainer, Forbes, "American Century STOXX U.S. Quality Value ETF’s Methodology Adds Value," 7 Apr. 2021 Anderson had observed that John was consuming an enormous amount of oxygen. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "‘You’re not supposed to be here’," 7 Apr. 2021 Facebook has an enormous amount of information on its 2.8 billion users world-wide, and is a reminder that hackers will try to harvest that data for other purposes. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Was My Facebook Data Leaked? What You Need to Know," 6 Apr. 2021 If Bainum and Wyss succeed and save Tribune Publishing from Alden, there will be an enormous amount of good will. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "One of the Biggest Villains in the Local News Crisis Might Finally Lose," 6 Apr. 2021 The interior has a padded laptop sleeve and a section that looks just perfect for a water bottle but overall doesn’t fit an enormous amount of things. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Yeti’s new line of luggage is perfect for your next adventure," 31 Mar. 2021 There is an enormous amount of data to sift through. Star Tribune, "Response to Capitol attack must follow the rule of law," 30 Mar. 2021 Creating NFTs requires an enormous amount of raw computing power, and many of the server farms where that work happens are powered by fossil fuels. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World—But They Could Change So Much More," 22 Mar. 2021 They should be dedicated now, and long-term, to addressing the enormous and growing needs of our family members, friends, and neighbors who struggle with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Marvin D. Seppala, STAT, "Money from opioid lawsuits is urgently needed now," 30 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of enormous was in 1531

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14 Apr 2021

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“Enormous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enormous. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of enormous

: very great in size or amount


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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