[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
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Examples from the Web for elephantine
Lloyd Grove on the elephantine cleanup challenges of having an unruly collection of egomaniacs as backers.Mitt Romney’s Unruly Surrogates
May 31, 2012
It was not only the outer man of Reisen, but the heart as well, that was elephantine.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
The coming of the waters from Elephantine brought life to the earth.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
"Every one can," replied McPherson with elephantine lightness.The Return of Peter Grimm
I knew you would, but it's a treat to see your elephantine struggles.The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley
She pushed her suitor off with an elephantine shove and gestured to Chris.Mr. Wicker's Window
- denoting, relating to, or characteristic of an elephant or elephants
- huge, clumsy, or ponderous
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper