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Examples of gargantuan in a Sentence
a creature of gargantuan proportions
people seem to be buying ever more gargantuan SUVs these days
Recent Examples of gargantuan from the Web
As once-impassable sea ice becomes less formidable, countries are upgrading gargantuan icebreakers to make way for entirely new arteries for commerce—and war.
The budget drew criticism from Republicans for its gargantuan size and money for Planned Parenthood.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was on the front lines of many of these calamities, had to go back to Congress last September to ask for billions more dollars to handle the gargantuan relief efforts.
The city is about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with a main attraction being the gargantuan, seven-scoop banana split at Superior Dairy Products Co.
The 25-year-old former Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is petite in stature but gargantuan in charisma.
The researchers initially used Dragonfly to study a different galaxy, one appearing to possess an almost inconceivably gargantuan amount of dark matter, which was a weird result in and of itself.
Even if gargantuan baseball-mashers Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge both regress a bit after astonishing seasons in 2017, the Yankees are going to score a ton of runs.
But wait—China has a gargantuan trade surplus with the U.S., and millions of Chinese jobs depend on American exports.
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Did You Know?
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
First Known Use: 1596See Words from the same year
astronomical (also astronomic), bumper, colossal, cosmic (also cosmical), elephantine, enormous, galactic, giant, gigantic, grand, herculean, heroic (also heroical), huge, humongous (also humungous), immense, jumbo, king-size (or king-sized), leviathan, mammoth, massive, mega, mighty, monster, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, oceanic, planetary, prodigious, super, supersize, supersized, titanic, tremendous, vast, vasty, walloping, whacking, whopping;
bantam, bitty, diminutive, infinitesimal, little bitty, micro, microminiature, microscopic (also microscopical), midget, miniature, minuscule, minute, pocket, pygmy, teensy, teensy-weensy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, wee;
big, bulky, considerable, extensive, good, goodly, great, gross, handsome, hefty, hulking, largish, major, outsize (also outsized), overgrown, oversize (or oversized), sizable (or sizeable), substantial, tidy, voluminous;
GARGANTUAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gargantuan for English Language Learners
: very large in size or amount
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