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[gahr-gan-choo-uh n] /gɑrˈgæn tʃu ən/
gigantic; enormous; colossal:
a gargantuan task.
Origin of gargantuan
First recorded in 1585-95; Gargantu(a) + -an
huge, mammoth, immense, vast, elephantine. Unabridged
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  • "He has been treating me to gargantuan discourse, Jacqueline," said the fool, humbly.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
  • The gargantuan facade itself was enough to smother comprehension.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • London like some gargantuan babe, is awake, crying for its milk.

  • But that which has most puzzled and shocked readers are the specially gargantuan passages relating to eating and drinking.

  • He dropped his hand sheepishly when he realized it was only a sneeze—though a gargantuan one.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for gargantuan


(sometimes capital) huge; enormous
Usage note
Some people think that gargantuan should only be used to describe things connected with food: a gargantuan meal; his gargantuan appetite
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Word Origin and History for gargantuan

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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