the region in Swift's Gulliver's Travels where everything was of enormous size. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brobdingnag

Historical Examples of brobdingnag

  • And he pointed to one that might have been used in Brobdingnag.

    Dead Man's Land

    George Manville Fenn

  • At all events a baby is, and must be, well used to living in Brobdingnag.

    The Seven Ages of Man

    Ralph Bergengren

  • He was going to have asked for some of the Brobdingnag raspberry-plants.

    The Parent's Assistant

    Maria Edgeworth

  • The whole man seemed but a single hand—a Brobdingnag hand affixed to the body of a Liliputian.

  • In Brobdingnag Swift is generally said to be looking, as Scott expresses it, through the other end of the telescope.


    Leslie Stephen

Word Origin and History for brobdingnag


(not *brobdignag), 1727, Swift's name in "Gulliver's Travels" for imaginary country where everything was on a gigantic scale.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper