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[hyooj or, often, yooj] /hyudʒ or, often, yudʒ/
adjective, huger, hugest.
extraordinarily large in bulk, quantity, or extent:
a huge ship; a huge portion of ice cream.
of unbounded extent, scope, or character; limitless:
the huge genius of Mozart.
Slang. very important, successful, popular, etc.:
The show is huge in Britain.
Origin of huge
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
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.
1. small, tiny, diminutive.
Pronunciation note
See human. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for hugeness
Historical Examples
  • In all ordinary atlases Asia Minor is shown on such a tiny scale that its hugeness is lost to mind.

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

    Anima Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • The lads fell silent as the hugeness of this nefarious business gradually dawned on them.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • 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
  • She knew why he had told her, her whole heart spoke of the hugeness of it.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • There blackberries attained Brobdignagian hugeness, rich and delicious.

    Blazing The Way Emily Inez Denny
  • Judge, therefore, the simple but terrific satisfaction of a Five Towns audience in the hugeness of the calamity.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • Something of the hugeness and the importance of it began to show itself.

    The Sword of Deborah F. Tennyson Jesse
  • Mount Tacoma is not simply a volcanic cone, peculiar for its hugeness.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • Purple and black and yellow masses, fantastic in their hugeness.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for hugeness


extremely large in size, amount, or scope Archaic form hugeous
Derived Forms
hugeness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French ahuge, of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hugeness



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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