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gargantuan

[gahr-gan-choo-uh n]
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adjective
  1. gigantic; enormous; colossal: a gargantuan task.

Origin of gargantuan

First recorded in 1585–95; Gargantu(a) + -an

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huge, mammoth, immense, vast, elephantine.
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gargantuan

adjective
  1. (sometimes capital) huge; enormous

usage

Some people think that gargantuan should only be used to describe things connected with food: a gargantuan meal; his gargantuan appetite
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gargantuan

adj.

1590s, from Gargantua, large-mouthed giant in Rabelais' novels, supposedly from Spanish/Portuguese garganta "gullet, throat," which is from the same imitative root as gargle.

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