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huge

[hyooj or, often, yooj] /hyudʒ or, often, yudʒ/
adjective, huger, hugest.
1.
extraordinarily large in bulk, quantity, or extent:
a huge ship; a huge portion of ice cream.
2.
of unbounded extent, scope, or character; limitless:
the huge genius of Mozart.
3.
Slang. very important, successful, popular, etc.:
The show is huge in Britain.
Origin of huge
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English huge, hoge < Old French ahuge, ahoge enormous, equivalent to a- a-5 + hoge height < Germanic; compare Old Norse haugr hill (see high)
Related forms
hugely, adverb
hugeness, noun
overhuge, adjective
overhugely, adverb
overhugeness, noun
Synonyms
1. mammoth, gigantic, colossal; vast; stupendous; bulky. Huge, enormous, immense, tremendous imply great magnitude. Huge implies massiveness, bulkiness, or even shapelessness: a huge mass of rock; a huge collection of antiques. Enormous, literally out of the norm, applies to what exceeds in extent, magnitude, or degree, a norm or standard: an enormous iceberg. Tremendous, in informal use, applies to anything so huge as to be astonishing or to inspire awe: a tremendous amount of equipment. Immense, literally not measurable, is particularly applicable to what is exceedingly great, without reference to a standard: immense buildings. All are used figuratively: a huge success; enormous curiosity; tremendous effort; immense joy.
Antonyms
1. small, tiny, diminutive.
Pronunciation note
See human.
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Examples from the Web for hugeness
Historical Examples
  • She knew why he had told her, her whole heart spoke of the hugeness of it.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • Mount Tacoma is not simply a volcanic cone, peculiar for its hugeness.

    Mount Rainier

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  • Insects by their smallness, the mammoth by its hugeness, terrible.

    Anima Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • I had always lived in the castle, and was used to its hugeness, of which I only knew corners.

    The White People Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • There blackberries attained Brobdignagian hugeness, rich and delicious.

    Blazing The Way Emily Inez Denny
  • Something of the hugeness and the importance of it began to show itself.

    The Sword of Deborah F. Tennyson Jesse
  • Purple and black and yellow masses, fantastic in their hugeness.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • But his hugeness could not quite overcome his apprehensiveness.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • He was like an elephant in his hugeness, and suppleness, his dangerousness, and his gentleness.

    Mount Music

    E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  • They had got some idea of their hugeness from the shell, but viewed from ground level they loomed even larger.

British Dictionary definitions for hugeness

huge

/hjuːdʒ/
adjective
1.
extremely large in size, amount, or scope Archaic form hugeous
Derived Forms
hugeness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French ahuge, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for hugeness

huge

adj.

mid-12c., apparently a shortening of Old French ahuge, ahoge "extremely large, enormous; mighty, powerful," itself of uncertain origin. Expanded form hugeous is attested from early 15c. Related: Hugeness.

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