[el-uh-fan-teen, -tahyn, -tin, el-uh-fuh n-teen, -tahyn]


pertaining to or resembling an elephant.
huge, ponderous, or clumsy: elephantine movements; elephantine humor.

Origin of elephantine

1620–30; < Latin elephantinus < Greek elephántinos. See elephant, -ine1
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Examples from the Web for elephantine

Contemporary Examples of elephantine

Historical Examples of elephantine

  • Anqet, the third member of the triad of Elephantine, was a sister-goddess of Satet.

  • I think you're really much more interesting when you're elephantine.

    Paradise Garden

    George Gibbs

  • This extraordinary neck—for such it was—rose from a body of elephantine proportions.

    Extinct Monsters

    H. N. Hutchinson

  • He had not seen them; but when the gun fell silent he heard whining sounds in the air, as if from a litter of elephantine puppies.

    Jimmie Higgins

    Upton Sinclair

  • She came with elephantine weight into the room, and ignoring Annie Forest altogether, held out a hand to Nora.

British Dictionary definitions for elephantine



denoting, relating to, or characteristic of an elephant or elephants
huge, clumsy, or ponderous
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Word Origin and History for elephantine

1620s, "huge," from Latin elephantinus "pertaining to the elephant," from elephantus (see elephant). Meaning "pertaining to elephants" is from 1670s.

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