Definition of mountainous in English:

mountainous

Line breaks: moun¦tain|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈmaʊntɪnəs
 
/

adjective

1(Of a region) having many mountains.
More example sentences
  • In general, mountainous regions with their steep slopes and deep valleys are eroded fastest.
  • Traditional alpine plants come from the mountainous regions of the world.
  • Nepal is a mostly mountainous region made up of many small villages.
Synonyms
hilly, craggy, rocky, alpine, high, steep, precipitous; upland, highland
2Very large; huge: struggling under mountainous debts
More example sentences
  • Many very young people find themselves saddled with mountainous debts.
  • It is famous for its mountainous debt and its stupendous sales growth.
  • The government, meanwhile, is burdened with a debt to rich creditors so mountainous it can simply never be repaid.
Synonyms
huge, enormous, gigantic, massive, very big, very large, great, giant, colossal, mammoth, vast, immense, tremendous, mighty, formidable, staggering, monumental, Herculean, epic, prodigious, monstrous, titanic, towering, king-sized, king-size, gargantuan, substantial
informal mega, monster, whopping, whopping great, thumping, thumping great, humongous, jumbo, hulking, astronomical, astronomic
British informal whacking, whacking great, ginormous

Derivatives

mountainously

adverb
More example sentences
  • Deficits and the public debt have piled up mountainously since then, and few people care, least of all conservative Republicans.
  • First Andrews delivered a flawed and mountainously complex piece of legislation, then he was ambushed by the unions.
  • The film is set in Manayacuna, a remote village hidden in the rugged, windblown, mountainously scenic Peruvian hinterland.

Definition of mountainous in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day guzzle
Pronunciation: ˈgʌz(ə)l
verb
eat or drink (something) greedily