View synonyms for cavernous


[ kav-er-nuhs ]


  1. being, resembling, or suggestive of a cavern:

    a vast, cavernous room.

  2. deep-set:

    cavernous eyes.

  3. hollow and deep-sounding:

    a cavernous voice.

  4. containing caverns.
  5. full of small cavities; porous.


/ ˈkævənəs /


  1. suggestive of a cavern in vastness, darkness, etc

    cavernous hungry eyes

  2. filled with small cavities; porous
  3. (of rocks) containing caverns or cavities
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˈcavernously, adverb
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Other Words From

  • cavern·ous·ly adverb
  • inter·cavern·ous adjective
  • un·cavern·ous adjective
  • un·cavern·ous·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of cavernous1

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

The machine was carving a cavernous, 3-mile tunnel beneath the bottom of the nation’s largest freshwater reservoir, Lake Mead.

It was cavernous and crammed with Afghan families, standing up and jostling for room.

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The London mayor has arrived late after a tree-planting ceremony and he hasn’t had time to clean it, he apologizes, as he strides into a cavernous meeting room at city hall.

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Tour guides shepherded groups of people around the cavernous pink granite building, stopping for visitors to snap selfies with their phones.

At the cavernous Park Avenue Armory’s Drill Hall, Ann Dowd has not entirely given up elements of the spirit of Aunt Lydia—as any Handmaid’s Tale fan, as one of my theater buddies was, will soon realize.

Gathered in a cavernous underground hotel ballroom in Washington D.C., all the young people were serious and well dressed.

Everyone inside the cavernous O2 arena in East London knew exactly what his complaint would be: This was a Dead Parrot.

Set in a cavernous industrial-style warehouse, Psycle HQ feels like a club you want to be a part of.

Above the matted hair that concealed the jaws and cheeks, blue eyes stared out of cavernous sockets.

In 1971, a team of Soviet scientists was drilling at the site when their rig collapsed into a cavernous pocket of natural gas.

Half hidden by a growth of cactus and tangled vines, yawned a dark cavernous hole.

At times, they would pass some black cavernous entrance to unknown labyrinths, and the frightened thoughts would hurry by.

Great bulks projected, capped by gigantic mitres or diadems, and flanked by cavernous indentations.

Only Abrahamson, his smile broadening, his cavernous eyes alight, was free from surprise.

I mounted the only unsealed Gnomon and shouted down into its cavernous depths.


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