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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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 After taxi rides from the high-speed rail station that took them past incomplete buildings and a gigantic golden statue... Chao Deng, WSJ, "‘There’s No Money Right Now’: China’s Building Boom Runs Into a Great Wall of Debt," 27 Feb. 2019 Her clothes don’t come across as having been spat out of the gigantic Rube Goldberg machine. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Is There Really Such a Thing as “Ethical Consumerism?”," 4 Feb. 2019 After mugging with the especially gigantic ice cube, she's shown sliding it all over her face before applying foundation and concealer. Marci Robin, Allure, "Beauty Vlogger Uses Ice Cube as Makeup Primer in Viral Video," 2 Oct. 2018 The neat thing about this collision—one of many neat things about this asteroid—is that the two parts didn’t slam together in some sort of gigantic crash. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Our Best Look So Far at Ultima Thule," 2 Jan. 2019 Companies are investing in gigantic wind turbines that can harvest air more efficiently and cheaply. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 2019 Dark rocks bulked silent and swift past the window, and the wheels clocked away like the cogs of a gigantic clock. Sylvia Plath, WSJ, "Sylvia Plath’s Lost Story, ‘Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom’: An Excerpt," 29 Dec. 2018 Someone has made a gigantic fake snake out of foam and wire and laid it out on the road. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 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 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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