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
Recent Examples on the Web There’s a huge range of sizes, from tiny jars for leftover homemade sauces to gigantic dishes for your favorite pasta bakes, all with matching lids. Shay Rodger, USA TODAY, "15 things from Wayfair that will help you stay organized this year," 20 Feb. 2020 Uber rented out two gigantic buildings at one of the piers on the Embarcadero for the party. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Uber Whistleblower Susan Fowler Recalls Her First Interaction With Then-CEO," 18 Feb. 2020 Thanks to a gigantic storm, a 747 made it across the Atlantic Ocean in record time. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Augmented Reality From the Driver's Seat, and More Car News This Week," 16 Feb. 2020 Known as Neoepiblema acreensis, the 10-million-year-old rat weighed approximately 180 pounds and had two, gigantic curved incisor teeth on its 5-foot frame that were used to crack nuts and eat prey, researchers wrote in a study. Fox News, "Fossils of prehistoric human-sized rat that weighed nearly 200 pounds and had massive teeth discovered in South America," 15 Feb. 2020 The fossils, including a gigantic top shell and the first examples of S. geographicus jaw bones, give new insight into the lives of ancient South American giant turtles. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Gigantic Turtles Fought Epic Battles 10 Million Years Ago—and Have the Scars to Prove It," 13 Feb. 2020 There would be many more gigantic, kitschy installations: A sextet of 10-foot-tall dancing frogs and an alligator made of Altoid tins. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Bob Wade, Sculptor of the Outlandishly Large, Dies at 76," 7 Jan. 2020 But since the collection is so gigantic, the museum can only display a fraction of the art at any one time, in rotating exhibitions. John Hooper, WSJ, "Collecting the Whole World’s Images," 13 June 2019 And then an unspoken sense of gigantic relief-and then a hope that the collapse in Europe would hasten the end in the Pacific. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "National World War II Museum in New Orleans tells an emotional, heart-wrenching tale," 9 Feb. 2020

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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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27 Feb 2020

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“Gigantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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