gargantuan


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gar·gan·tu·an

 (gär-găn′cho͞o-ən)
adj.
1. Of immense size, extent, or quantity. See Synonyms at enormous.
2. Of exceedingly great scope or nature: a gargantuan effort.

gargantuan

(ɡɑːˈɡæntjʊən)
adj
(sometimes capital) huge; enormous
Usage: Some people think that gargantuan should only be used to describe things connected with food: a gargantuan meal; his gargantuan appetite

gar•gan•tu•an

(gɑrˈgæn tʃu ən)

adj.
gigantic; enormous; colossal: a gargantuan task.
[1585–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.gargantuan - of great mass; huge and bulky; "a jumbo jet"; "jumbo shrimp"
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"

gargantuan

adjective huge, big, large, giant, massive, towering, vast, enormous, extensive, tremendous, immense, mega (slang), titanic, jumbo (informal), gigantic, monumental, monstrous, mammoth, colossal, mountainous, prodigious, stupendous, fuck-off (offensive taboo slang), elephantine, ginormous (informal), Brobdingnagian, humongous or humungous (U.S. slang) a marketing event of gargantuan proportions
little, small, minute, tiny, miniature, meagre, paltry, petite, puny, pygmy or pigmy
Usage: Some people think that gargantuan should only be used to describe things connected with food: a gargantuan meal; his gargantuan appetite. Nevertheless, the word is now widely used as a synonym of colossal or massive.

gargantuan

adjective
Translations

gargantuan

[gɑːˈgæntjʊən] ADJcolosal, gigantesco

gargantuan

[gɑːrˈgæntʃuən] adj (= huge) → gargantuesque

gargantuan

adjgewaltig, enorm

gargantuan

[gɑːˈgæntjʊən] adj (frm) → gargantuesco/a
References in classic literature ?
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