[ brob-ding-nag-ee-uhn ]
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  1. of huge size; gigantic; tremendous.

  1. an inhabitant of Brobdingnag.

  2. a being of tremendous size; giant.

Origin of Brobdingnagian

First recorded in 1725–30; Brobdingnag + -ian

Words Nearby Brobdingnagian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Brobdingnagian in a sentence

  • Two years at the strategic consultancy Marakon helped her retire some Brobdingnagian student loans.

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  • I never ceased marveling at the pluck with which this Lilliputian tackled life in the midst of such Brobdingnagian surroundings.

  • He told her about Texas, at length and in detail, being a true son of that Brobdingnagian state.

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  • From a point near the top a gigantic baobab tree towered up against the skyline like a Brobdingnagian cabbage.

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  • The men seek no relaxation from their business occupations save in Brobdingnagian dinners and suppers.

    Mary Wollstonecraft | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • But then she had carried him off between her finger and thumb, so to speak, as the Brobdingnagian ladies carried off Gulliver.

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British Dictionary definitions for Brobdingnagian


/ (ˌbrɒbdɪŋˈnæɡɪən) /

  1. gigantic; huge; immense

Origin of Brobdingnagian

C18: from Brobdingnag, an imaginary country of giants in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)

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