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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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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5 Dec 2020

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“Gigantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce gigantic (audio)

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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