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gargantuan Syllabification: gar·gan·tu·an
Pronunciation: /ɡärˈɡan(t)SH(o͞o)ən/

Definition of gargantuan in English:


Enormous: a gargantuan appetite
More example sentences
  • However, for those of us for whom it also is work, it is a stamina and endurance challenge of gargantuan proportions.
  • As befits a man with a gargantuan appetite, he chose the menu himself.
  • A whole new sector with a gargantuan appetite for power was emerging.


Late 16th century: from Gargantua, the name of a voracious giant in Rabelais' book of the same name (1534), + -an.

  • Gargantua is the name of a large-mouthed giant with a huge and insatiable appetite from the book of the same name, published in 1534, by the French satirical writer Rabelais. In one episode Gargantua accidentally swallows six pilgrims while eating a salad. Gargantuan, meaning ‘enormous or gigantic’, comes from the name of Rabelais' colossal guzzler.

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