[brob-ding-nag-ee-uh n]


of huge size; gigantic; tremendous.


an inhabitant of Brobdingnag.
a being of tremendous size; giant.

Origin of Brobdingnagian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brobdingnagian

Historical Examples of brobdingnagian

  • It is dirty, so much I will grant; and it is of a Brobdingnagian smell.

    Europe After 8:15

    H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright

  • He had no difficulty in recognizing Susy's peculiarly Brobdingnagian school-girl hand.


    Bret Harte

  • The chirp is very loud, something like a Brobdingnagian grasshopper.

  • The chirp is very loud: something like a Brobdingnagian grasshopper.

  • The produce was Brobdingnagian, but worthless except to dig into the ground.

    The Dwelling House

    George Vivian Poore

British Dictionary definitions for brobdingnagian



gigantic; huge; immense

Word Origin for Brobdingnagian

C18: from Brobdingnag, an imaginary country of giants in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)
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Word Origin and History for brobdingnagian

"huge, immense, gigantic," 1728, from Brobdingnag + -ian.

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