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gigantic

Syllabification: gi·gan·tic
Pronunciation: /jīˈɡan(t)ik
 
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Definition of gigantic in English:

adjective

Of very great size or extent; huge or enormous: a gigantic concrete tower
More example sentences
  • What started as a small bonfire has grown to the size of a gigantic tip.
  • There was a gigantic tower on the bar graph for the number of people who were sick on a Monday.
  • I get confused between giant prawns, crayfish and langoustine, but these were gigantic.
Synonyms
huge, enormous, vast, extensive, very big, very large, giant, massive, colossal, mammoth, immense, monumental, mountainous, titanic, towering, elephantine, king-size(d), economy-size(d), gargantuan
informal mega, monster, whopping, humongous, jumbo, hulking, bumper, ginormous

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'like or suited to a giant'): from Latin gigas, gigant- (see giant) + -ic.

Derivatives

gigantically

1
Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • It's been a gigantically emotional day for me.
  • The odds were gigantically stacked against them.
  • Our enormous country is really a tiny principality, in which our leaders loom gigantically large in the quiet green landscape.

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