sleeping giant


Definition of sleeping giant

: one that has great but unrealized or newly emerging power

Examples of sleeping giant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stoudamire’s arrival was a coup for the Blazers, delivering the sleeping giant a dynamic point guard in his prime. oregonlive, "Damon Stoudamire reflects on Portland Trail Blazers tenure with mixed emotions: ‘We had a good run here’; Rip City 50," 13 Feb. 2020 And with that, this sleeping giant of college football here in College Station, Texas, dozed back off for another year. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Swaggering Auburn makes furious statement," 22 Sep. 2019 This is the sleeping giant of job search correspondence. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Amy Lindgren: Six letters you need for job search — part 2 of 3," 24 Nov. 2019 Amazon has had the reputation in Hollywood for being a sleeping giant. John Koblin, New York Times, "As HBO Celebrates a Big Night, Questions About Its Future Loom," 23 Sep. 2019 Nottingham Forest are one of the sleeping giants of English football having spent the last 20 seasons outside the top flight., "4 Reasons Why Nottingham Forest Could Be the Dark Horses of the 2019/20 Championship Campaign," 28 July 2019 The sleeping giant in the SEC seems to have awoken. Edgar Thompson,, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 10 Texas A&M trending up under Jimbo Fisher," 15 Aug. 2019 The South Siders are sleeping giants in the AL Central. Paul Sullivan,, "Dylan Cease is following in Michael Kopech’s footsteps — but just not with an all caps tweet from the White Sox this time," 2 July 2019 Chances of breaking the 'Big Six' next year: 1/10 The most decorated side on this list, the Toffees are something of a sleeping giant, incessantly frustrating their supporters with sub-par performances each term., "Premier League 2019/20: Assessing Who Can Break the 'Big Six' Next Season," 6 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sleeping giant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sleeping giant

1970, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sleeping giant

Time Traveler for sleeping giant

Time Traveler

The first known use of sleeping giant was in 1970

See more words from the same year

Statistics for sleeping giant

Cite this Entry

“Sleeping giant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on sleeping giant

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sleeping giant

Comments on sleeping giant

What made you want to look up sleeping giant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!