gi·​nor·​mous | \ jī-ˈnȯr-məs How to pronounce ginormous (audio) \

Definition of ginormous

: extremely large : humongous had a ginormous house with a swimming pool and a pool table

Examples of ginormous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The singer wore a ginormous fur hat from the Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 collection. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Rihanna Wears a Ginormous Fur Hat and Feathered Jeans," 2 Apr. 2021 More than 80% of global trade by volume is moved by sea, and disruptions — even just one ship, albeit a ginormous one, running aground -- can add billions of dollars to supply chain costs. Allison Morrow, CNN, "Hedge fund meltdown is a (another) warning to Wall Street," 29 Mar. 2021 The original hand-holding event pulled out more than 6 million people across the United States, who clasped hands for 15 minutes in an attempt to form a ginormous human chain. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Hands Across America, whale watching, masked festival: News from around our 50 states," 18 Mar. 2021 In the same announcement, photos were released of a bulldozer trying to dig up the sand the ship was stuck in, and people had fun with the ginormous size comparisons. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, "'A lot of bears with rope': The internet's ideas on how to get that massive ship out of the Suez Canal," 26 Mar. 2021 Alternatively, pick up a gift: There are Easter baskets ($40) with chocolate eggs, macarons and marshmallow treats that aren’t Peeps, and a ginormous, 25-inch-tall chocolate egg ($400) made of 13.5 pounds of chocolate. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "15 Bay Area restaurants serving Easter specials, from brunch spreads to roast lamb," 26 Mar. 2021 Gone is the ginormous Shaq-sized round bed in the primary bedroom; added is an improved pool area, complete with a summer kitchen, as well as landscaping and minor cosmetic fixes, such as fresh coats of paint and exterior pressure washes. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, "Shaquille O’Neal’s Super-Size Florida Mansion Is Back on the Market for $16.5 Million," 25 Mar. 2021 The mass of the Sun is ginormous compared the mass of the Mercury such that the mass of Mercury is basically irrelevant. Rhett Allain, Wired, "How to Figure Out the Mass of the Earth—With Balls and String," 8 Mar. 2021 For some time, simulations have struggled to grow these ginormous galaxies. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Giant Galaxies from the Universe’s Childhood Challenge Cosmic Origin Stories," 27 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of ginormous

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ginormous

gigantic + enormous

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The first known use of ginormous was in 1942

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12 Apr 2021

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“Ginormous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ginormous

informal : extremely large


gi·​nor·​mous | \ jī-ˈnȯr-məs \

Kids Definition of ginormous

: extremely large "There's a ginormous storm brewing up…"— Cressida Cowell, How to Train Your Dragon

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