Definition of elephantine in English:


Line breaks: ele¦phant|ine
Pronunciation: /ɛlɪˈfantʌɪn


Of, resembling, or characteristic of an elephant or elephants, especially in being large, clumsy, or awkward: there was an elephantine thud from the bathroom
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  • His examples are ‘the geometry of a young Japanese woman walking down a Parisian street or a Dutchman made to feel clumsy, elephantine, in a traditional Japanese house or inn.’
  • The sandy beach at Chintheche is one of the best on the entire lakeshore, hemmed in by smooth, elephantine rocks.
  • The gigantic, bipedal, elephantine creatures weighed several tons at the largest and had no problem knocking the eighty-foot trees aside as they ran.
bulky, heavy, weighty;
ponderous, lumbering, clumsy, laborious
informal jumbo, hulking, whopping, whopping great, thumping, thumping great, humongous, monster, almighty, dirty great, socking great
British informal whacking, whacking great, ginormous


early 17th century: via Latin from Greek elephantinos, from elephas, elephant- 'elephant'.

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