Brobdingnagian


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Brob·ding·nag·i·an

 (brŏb′dĭng-năg′ē-ən)
adj.
Immense; enormous.

[After Brobdingnag, , a country in Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, where everything was enormous.]

Brobdingnagian

(ˌbrɒbdɪŋˈnæɡɪən)
adj
gigantic; huge; immense
[C18: from Brobdingnag, an imaginary country of giants in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)]

Brob•ding•nag•i•an

(ˌbrɒb dɪŋˈnæg i ən)

adj.
of huge size; gigantic.
[after the land of Brobdingnag in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)]

Brobdingnagian

a person of enormous size, as from Brobdingnag in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Cf. Lilliputian.
See also: Size
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Brobdingnagian - huge; relating to or characteristic of the imaginary country of Brobdingnag
2.Brobdingnagian - unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scopeBrobdingnagian - unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope; "huge government spending"; "huge country estates"; "huge popular demand for higher education"; "a huge wave"; "the Los Angeles aqueduct winds like an immense snake along the base of the mountains"; "immense numbers of birds"; "at vast (or immense) expense"; "the vast reaches of outer space"; "the vast accumulation of knowledge...which we call civilization"- W.R.Inge
big, large - above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a large city"; "set out for the big city"; "a large sum"; "a big (or large) barn"; "a large family"; "big businesses"; "a big expenditure"; "a large number of newspapers"; "a big group of scientists"; "large areas of the world"

Brobdingnagian

adjective
References in classic literature ?
These brutes are huge mastodonian animals that tower to an immense height even beside the giant green men and their giant thoats; but when compared to the relatively small red man and his breed of thoats they assume Brobdingnagian proportions that are truly appalling.
One might have imagined he saw before him the tented camps of a beleaguering host of Brobdingnagians.
Scott puts on the Ant-Man suit before he knows what it does -- and we get a sly, two-minute precis of all those sci-fi movies about shrinking people, our bewildered (and tiny) hero pummelled from one dangerous place to another: he dodges stiletto heels in a nightclub, holds on tight to avoid getting sucked into a vacuum cleaner, comes face-to-face with a Brobdingnagian rat, etc.
Any sane person's heart must surely sink when George Osborne proposes to merge the tax and National Insurance systems, given that the three words even more likely to induce despair than "England football team" are "Government IT project": a guaranteed recipe for waste and chaos on a truly Brobdingnagian scale.
Or maybe they recall that eerie "Twilight Zone'' episode where a Brobdingnagian Agnes Moorehead fends off tiny spaceships with a big wooden stirrer -- even though these flying machines would be dropping off the housewares.
The literature on inflammation, immune activation, and heart health in people with HIV has ballooned to Brobdingnagian proportions.
Among the forty-some works on view, his 2004-2005 house of bread, the melty wax replica of Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Women from the last Venice Biennale, and a new addition to Fischer's series of squeezed bits of clay enlarged to Brobdingnagian proportions--this one to be forty-five feet tall--will flaunt the sculptural tumescence that has made the artist both a crowd and commerce favorite of the past fifteen years.
Three-minute rock songs have rarely been as adventurous - with epic moments like Brobdingnagian alongside 90-second raspers such as Re-written In Big Ink.
Rather disconcertingly a group of menacing white sheep - which close-up were of truly brobdingnagian proportions (they'd probably been chomping steroids all morning) - started trotting towards me.
No checks or balances, not even a cursory enquiry it would appear before panic and chaos ensued occasioning a growing cock-up of brobdingnagian proportion.
Most landscapes contain staffage--tiny, nondescript figures designed to fix its scale--but the busts are Brobdingnagian in relation to the picture they block from view.
Literal counterparts of this figure are found in the Travels' second part where Gulliver witnesses Brobdingnagian bodies afflicted with wens, tumours and external parasites such as lice, bodies on which 'Vermin .