Definition of Brobdingnagian in English:


Syllabification: Brob·ding·nag·i·an
Pronunciation: /ˌbräbdiNGˈnagēən


  • Gigantic.
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    • Huge great Brobdingnagian wooden doors open to the King's Cross building site, giving light and air of fair to middling quality.
    • Everything is of Brobdingnagian proportions.
    • Yet half a boot is still man-tall, which suggests the Brobdingnagian proportions of the vanished monument.


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  • A giant.
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    • He never quite stayed still, peeking out of the cattails to eye this Brobdingnagian and see whether it meant any harm.
    • A limber Brobdingnagian hulked about Paris last week.
    • The Brobdingnagians could, if they wished, dominate through their superior size, but they do not.


early 18th century: from Brobdingnag, the name given by Swift (in Gulliver's Travels) to a land where everything is of huge size, + -ian.

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