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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. 2018.
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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

  • 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


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



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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