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[ih-nawr-muh s] /ɪˈnɔr məs/
greatly exceeding the common size, extent, etc.; huge; immense:
an enormous fortune.
outrageous or atrocious:
enormous wickedness; enormous crimes.
Origin of enormous
First recorded in 1525-35; enorm + -ous
Related forms
enormously, adverb
1. vast, colossal, gigantic, mammoth, prodigious, stupendous. See huge. Unabridged
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  • All this created an enormous sum for the secours, which was the real "relief," as benevolence.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • From what we have done with them I think they will be of enormous value.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • It's huge—how can such an enormous ship ever get off the Earth?

    The Memory of Mars Raymond F. Jones
  • Pork is the most common in use for meat, and the number of pigs raised is enormous.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Meanwhile the banks were putting in motion their peculiar and enormous persuasions.

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British Dictionary definitions for enormous


unusually large in size, extent, or degree; immense; vast
(archaic) extremely wicked; heinous
Derived Forms
enormously, adverb
enormousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēnormis, from ē- out of, away from + norma rule, pattern
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Word Origin and History for enormous

1530s, from Latin enormis "out of rule, irregular, shapeless, extraordinary, very large," from ex- "out of" (see ex-) + norma "rule, norm" (see norm), with English -ous substituted for Latin -is.

Meaning "extraordinary in size" is attested from 1540s; original sense of "outrageous" is more clearly preserved in enormity. Earlier in same sense was enormyous (mid-15c.). Related: Enormously.

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