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[brob-ding-nag-ee-uh n] /ˌbrɒb dɪŋˈnæg i ən/
of huge size; gigantic; tremendous.
an inhabitant of Brobdingnag.
a being of tremendous size; giant.
Origin of Brobdingnagian Unabridged
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  • It is well death removed the Boston critic before our city entered into its present Brobdingnagian phase.

    The Ways of Men Eliot Gregory
  • He had no difficulty in recognizing Susy's peculiarly Brobdingnagian school-girl hand.

    Clarence Bret Harte
  • What is that apocryphal monstrosity compared with this Brobdingnagian Berry?

  • It is dirty, so much I will grant; and it is of a Brobdingnagian smell.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • Then Mr. Hamilton Gibson showed me some monster drawings of flowers—Brobdingnagian ones.

    Eye Spy William Hamilton Gibson
  • The chirp is very loud, something like a Brobdingnagian grasshopper.

  • To announce it is to invite gasps or Brobdingnagian laughter.

    Darkwater W. E. B. Du Bois
  • The chirp is very loud: something like a Brobdingnagian grasshopper.

  • From a point near the top a gigantic baobab tree towered up against the skyline like a Brobdingnagian cabbage.

    Into the Primitive Robert Ames Bennet
  • The produce was Brobdingnagian, but worthless except to dig into the ground.

    The Dwelling House George Vivian Poore
British Dictionary definitions for Brobdingnagian


gigantic; huge; immense
Word Origin
C18: from Brobdingnag, an imaginary country of giants in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)
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Word Origin and History for Brobdingnagian



"huge, immense, gigantic," 1728, from Brobdingnag + -ian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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