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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 ?
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.
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.
The Brobdingnagians monitor their political and social practices in order to prevent their deterioration.
So, while proving his comparability to the Brobdingnagians, Gulliver also has to fight off this false perception, and he literally gets into fights with animals such as a kite, a linnet, and a frog.
This time it is the Brobdingnagians, human-like entities twelve times the size of Gulliver, who capture our unlucky narrator.
(11.) 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.