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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 ?
One might have imagined he saw before him the tented camps of a beleaguering host of Brobdingnagians.
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.
Gulliver again acquires the island's language rapidly, and though we are given no indication as to how long this process takes, Gulliver makes no further reference to his lack of fluency hindering his communication with the Brobdingnagians.
Swift's tiny Lilluptians are a satire of (Whiggish) moral and political pettiness, while the Brobdingnagians are aspirational moral giants.
As to the Brobdingnagians and Houyhnhnms, we would stand no chance.
If one squints, one imagines Brobdingnagians favouring Briscoe's ware.
Picture Gulliver beset by both Brobdingnagians and Lilliputians, not sequentially on separate islands but simultaneously on the same island.
In October each of these high-traffic services made clear that real-time search was a priority--the Brobdingnagians had awoken.
But it's on the Oregon Coast where the giants, the leviathans, the Brobdingnagians, can be found.
Even when they are in power, conservatives feel the need to convince themselves, and anyone else who will listen, that they are terribly oppressed by the enemy within, nearly helpless before the liberal Brobdingnagians holding them down.