enor·​mous | \ i-ˈnȯr-məs How to pronounce enormous (audio) , ē- \

Definition of enormous

1 : marked by extraordinarily great size, number, or degree especially : exceeding usual bounds or accepted notions
2a : exceedingly wicked : shocking an enormous sin
b archaic : abnormal, inordinate

Other Words from enormous

enormousness noun

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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 enormous in a Sentence

They live in an enormous house. We chose not to undertake the project because of the enormous costs involved.
Recent Examples on the Web In terms of dollars, these price changes are not enormous; this year’s bill is only $2.41 higher than last year’s. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 24 Nov. 2021 If the successful mass rollout of the Covid vaccines winds up accelerating the timeline for these other vaccines, the impact on human life will be enormous. New York Times, 22 Nov. 2021 The potential benefits for the climate are enormous. John Doerr, Fortune, 19 Nov. 2021 Lagos is already enormous, but no one is sure how many people live there. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Lollapalooza happens at Grant Park, which is enormous. Dorany Pineda Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Read full article Even as stand-alone businesses, the J&J companies will be enormous. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2021 The ride may be bumpy, but when perfected, the payoff is enormous. Greg Coticchia, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 And by his estimate, the global capacity for tidal energy is enormous. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, 11 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of enormous

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

History and Etymology for enormous

Latin enormis, from e, ex out of + norma rule

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“Enormous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enormous. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of enormous

: very great in size or amount


enor·​mous | \ i-ˈnȯr-məs How to pronounce enormous (audio) \

Kids Definition of enormous

: unusually great in size, number, or degree an enormous animal an enormous problem

Other Words from enormous

enormously adverb

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