hu·​mon·​gous | \ hyü-ˈməŋ-gəs How to pronounce humongous (audio) , yü-, -ˈmäŋ- \
variants: or less commonly humungous \ hyü-​ˈməŋ-​gəs How to pronounce humongous (audio) \

Definition of humongous

: extremely large : huge a humongous building humongous amounts of money

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a humongous dish of ice cream I'm sleepy because I ate a humongous lunch.
Recent Examples on the Web Our sky chart can't adequately convey the Winter Circle's humongous size! Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Light Sunday Snow, Then First 40s Since December," 20 Feb. 2021 Maurice is known for its humongous cakes, big enough for 30 or more servings. Ian Mcnulty,, "Here are 16 king cakes to lift New Orleans spirits through this strange Mardi Gras," 8 Feb. 2021 Gomez has been pretty clear about the pressure her humongous social-media following puts on her. Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture, "Disney and Nickelodeon Stars Gone Pop: A Ranking," 25 Jan. 2021 The other is transplanted to TV, as if grown under glass, and, humongous though our screen may be, much of the fragrance is gone. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Movies That Mattered in 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 The trials were so humongous, all the results must be iron-clad. Hilda Bastian, Wired, "New Vaccine Data Is Coming: Watch Out for These 3 Claims," 8 Dec. 2020 The 94-year tradition continues without street-side spectators and marching bands, but with plenty of ornate floats, humongous balloons and Broadway performers – plus Santa Claus, of course. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of Nov. 22-28," 23 Nov. 2020 The layered coats from fall 2018 were compared to Joey from Friends, and his humongous dresses from spring 2020 felt like a social-distancing dream. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Against All Odds, I’ve Fallen in Love With Balenciaga’s Toe Heels," 28 Oct. 2020 One of the key brands responsible for making old-school sweatsuits majorly cool again, Richer Poorer is also primarily known for cozy intimates collections that sell out fast, amassing humongous wait lists. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "20 matching sweatsuits you’ll actually want to be seen in," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of humongous

circa 1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for humongous

perhaps alteration of huge + monstrous

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The first known use of humongous was circa 1967

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28 Feb 2021

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“Humongous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of humongous

informal : very large

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