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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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  • Then on the hill that hugest of balefires the warriors wakened.

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  • It was the swordfish—and certainly one of immense size—the hugest yet.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • From there a door led into the hugest kitchen Heidi had ever seen.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • But to our strength, even the hugest of the rocks was movable.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • There entered the hugest masked man that they ever had seen.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned

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  • The Pharaohs of the fourth dynasty were the builders of the hugest of the pyramids.

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  • Balder's dead body was burned on board his ship, 'the hugest of all ships.'

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • Roger, the elder, had one of the hugest kitchens and shops in Kisington.

    Kisington Town Abbie Farwell Brown
  • These, the hugest of all land animals, were vegetable feeders.

    North America Israel C. Russell
British Dictionary definitions for hugest


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 hugest



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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