gi·​gan·​tic | \jī-ˈgan-tik, 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, jə-​ \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for gigantic

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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Back at my hotel, gigantic elephant-ear leaves are greener and darting lizards brighter, while the rain plops down in Dolby. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 The most ambitious of them feature walls of gigantic video screens showing multiple games, plush leather chairs with cellphone chargers, and VIP areas with bottle service. Wayne Parry, The Seattle Times, "DraftKings, Resorts fire latest shot in sport book arms race," 14 Nov. 2018 On their royal tour in Sydney, Australia, Prince Harry joked with a man who gave Meghan a gigantic bouquet of flowers. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Had the Funniest Reaction When Someone Gave Meghan Markle Gigantic Flowers," 16 Oct. 2018 The $200 million reconstruction project reanimated the gigantic warehouse facility. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Memphis downtown boom fueled by riverfront city’s rich history," 25 Sep. 2018 Shemya is home to the Eareckson Air Station and the gigantic, 120-foot-tall Cobra Dane early warning radar. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Nuclear Bombers Fly Too Close to Alaska, Get Free F-22 Escort," 7 Sep. 2018 If the odds of winning either Mega Millions or Powerball don’t seem gigantic enough, how about winning them both? Scott Mcfetridge, The Seattle Times, "Mega Millions, Powerball prizes come down to math, long odds," 23 Oct. 2018 On October 21, the singer was spotted in New York City's Soho neighborhood — one of her first public outings since splitting from former fiancé Pete Davidson — toting around two gigantic Chanel shopping bags. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Went on a Shopping Spree at Chanel Following Her Split From Pete Davidson," 22 Oct. 2018 Public debt in Portugal and Spain remains gigantic, and investors don’t seem to mind. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Investors Should Call Italy’s Bluff," 28 Sep. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of gigantic

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

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