gi·​gan·​tic | \ jī-ˈgan-tik How to pronounce gigantic (audio) , jə-\

Definition of gigantic

: exceeding the usual or expected (as in size, force, or prominence)

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gigantically \ jī-​ˈgan-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce gigantically (audio) , jə-​ \ adverb

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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 gigantic in a Sentence

a raccoon got into the trash and now there's a gigantic mess in our backyard

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As far as deadly apocalypse scenarios go, perhaps the worst is a gigantic meteor impact. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Preparing for a Fake Asteroid Impact," 25 Apr. 2019 First, there's that theory going around that suggests the gigantic battle at Winterfell might go awry. Glamour, "Uh-oh, Sansa Looks Worried in These New Game of Thrones Photos," 24 Apr. 2019 Daenerys survived the blaze of her husband's funeral pyre, hatched a few dragons (for the first time in ages), rallied the Unsullied, and now commands a gigantic army, among other things. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Daenerys Targaryen Should Not Be Queen of Westeros," 19 Apr. 2019 The modern classic romantic comedy in which a Greek woman (Nia Vardalos) starts dating a handsome non-Greek guy (John Corbett), much to her gigantic, loud, and quirky family’s chagrin. Marie Claire, "The 17 Best Movies on HBO Go to Watch Right Now," 28 Feb. 2019 But as Charles Robinson of Yahoo tweeted, Scarbrough has gigantic hands for a running back. Tim Bielik,, "NFL combine 2018: Bo Scarbrough and two other diamonds in the rough," 1 Mar. 2018 Today, Netflix blessed us with an intense, nearly three-minute-long sneak peek of the hit sci-fi series, teasing Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and her crew, gigantic demogorgons, and some adorable teenage hijinks. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer Is Finally Here and I Am Not Okay," 20 Mar. 2019 Many aspects of the ‘80s and ‘90s waves of popular blockbuster boy bands have found their way into this new wave of popularity; gigantic worldwide tours, upbeat hit songs and hypercharged female fan bases. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Having a Queer Member Should Not Be A Death Sentence for Boy Bands in 2018: Op-Ed," 27 Apr. 2018 Taking it off air would be a gigantic shock and likely spark all sorts of outrage. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Getting Super Nervous That the Show May Not Be Renewed for Season 4," 5 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of gigantic

1630, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gigantic

Greek gigantikos, from gigant-, gigas giant

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The first known use of gigantic was in 1630

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English Language Learners Definition of gigantic

: extremely large


gi·​gan·​tic | \ jī-ˈgan-tik How to pronounce gigantic (audio) \

Kids Definition of gigantic

: extremely large or great (as in size, weight, or strength) Gigantic waves crashed on the beach.

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