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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 huger
Historical Examples
  • Bollman leaps from his horse and throws the bridle to huger.


    Martha Foote Crow
  • huger lifted him up and then started off to recover the horse.


    Martha Foote Crow
  • Charleston was the next stopping-place; this was the home of the huger family.


    Martha Foote Crow
  • What is huger or more formidable in appearance than the elephant?

  • For Captain huger was as tender and as kind to him as his own dear father.

    A Confederate Girl's Diary Sarah Margan Dawson
  • Magruder and huger, too, had duties of no insignificant character to perform.

    The Life of Jefferson Davis Frank H. Alfriend
  • huger and Bollman were arrested while they were hunting for the lost Lafayette.

    Lafayette, We Come! Rupert S. Holland
  • As he brooded, the vision of Dyckman's money grew huger and huger.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • huger, who let Alston have it, enjoined him not to let it go out of his hands.

  • He's simply going to do the Vicarage again, but on a huger scale.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
British Dictionary definitions for huger


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 huger



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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