gargantuan

adjective, often capitalized gar·gan·tuan \ gär-ˈgan(t)-sh(ə-)wən \

Definition of gargantuan

:tremendous in size, volume, or degree :gigantic, colossal
  • gargantuan waterfalls

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Examples of gargantuan in a Sentence

  1. a creature of gargantuan proportions

  2. people seem to be buying ever more gargantuan SUVs these days

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Gargantua is the name of a giant king in François Rabelais's 16th-century satiric novel Gargantua. All of the details of Gargantua's life befit a giant. He rides a colossal mare whose tail switches so violently that it fells the entire forest of Orleans. He has an enormous appetite - in one memorable incident, he inadvertently swallows five pilgrims while eating a salad. The scale of everything connected with Gargantua gave rise to the adjective "gargantuan," which since Shakespeare's time has been used of anything of tremendous size or volume.

Origin and Etymology of gargantuan

Gargantua


GARGANTUAN Defined for English Language Learners

gargantuan

adjective

Definition of gargantuan for English Language Learners

  • : very large in size or amount


GARGANTUAN Defined for Kids

gargantuan

adjective gar·gan·tuan \ gär-ˈgan-chə-wən \

Definition of gargantuan for Students

:extremely large or great :huge
  • a gargantuan dinosaur


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