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Immense; enormous.

[After Brobdingnag, , a country in Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, where everything was enormous.]
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gigantic; huge; immense
[C18: from Brobdingnag, an imaginary country of giants in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)]
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(ˌbrɒb dɪŋˈnæg i ən)

of huge size; gigantic.
[after the land of Brobdingnag in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)]
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a person of enormous size, as from Brobdingnag in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Cf. Lilliputian.
See also: Size
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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"
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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.
I shall say nothing of those remote nations where YAHOOS preside; among which the least corrupted are the BROBDINGNAGIANS; whose wise maxims in morality and government it would be our happiness to observe.
The LILLIPUTIANS, I think, are hardly worth the charge of a fleet and army to reduce them; and I question whether it might be prudent or safe to attempt the BROBDINGNAGIANS; or whether an English army would be much at their ease with the Flying Island over their heads.
One might have imagined he saw before him the tented camps of a beleaguering host of Brobdingnagians.
(75) Although a strong economic expansion ensued, the evidence does not demonstrate that the tax cuts were a substantial reason for the expansion and the federal debt ballooned to Brobdingnagian proportions.
"No?" Father would scoff, "just Brobdingnagian blatherskites and you would do well to avoid their balderdash!" And suddenly both would notice that we had stopped talking (and laughing) and were following their words with our heads going from one side to the other as if we were watching a tennis match.
When he first sees a Brobdingnagian, Gulliver calls him "a huge Creature" or a "Monster" (Swift 2002, 71).
Two years later it was transformed into the Berghof, a Brobdingnagian version of an alpine chalet with twenty bedrooms and a great hall measuring over three thousand square feet.
He pursued parallel tracks, studying fine art first at the University of Minnesota and then at the Art Students League of New York (where he trained with the legendary George Grosz, among others), all the while getting on-the-job training in commercial techniques, rendering everything from the Hebrew National logo to Schenley whiskey bottles to sundry Hollywood stars (Marlon Brando, Kirk Douglas, Joanne Woodward) at Brobdingnagian proportions.
The writers at work author with the years of expertise within the legal field have developed Brobdingnagian analysis and writing skills that facilitate them in writing persuasive essays.
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.
As Gulliver's command of the Brobdingnagian language increases, so too does the degree to which he becomes a part of their culture.