[ kav-er-nuh s ]
/ ˈkæv ər nəs /


being, resembling, or suggestive of a cavern: a vast, cavernous room.
deep-set: cavernous eyes.
hollow and deep-sounding: a cavernous voice.
containing caverns.
full of small cavities; porous.

Origin of cavernous

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word cavernōsus. See cavern, -ous

Related forms

cav·ern·ous·ly, adverbin·ter·cav·ern·ous, adjectiveun·cav·ern·ous, adjectiveun·cav·ern·ous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cavernous


/ (ˈkævənəs) /


suggestive of a cavern in vastness, darkness, etccavernous hungry eyes
filled with small cavities; porous
(of rocks) containing caverns or cavities

Derived Forms

cavernously, adverb
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Medicine definitions for cavernous


[ kăvər-nəs ]


Filled with cavities or hollow areas; porous.
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