[ ih-nawr-muhs ]
/ ɪˈnɔr məs /


greatly exceeding the common size, extent, etc.; huge; immense: an enormous fortune.
outrageous or atrocious: enormous wickedness; enormous crimes.

Nearby words

  1. enology,
  2. enophile,
  3. enophthalmos,
  4. enorm,
  5. enormity,
  6. enormousness,
  7. enos,
  8. enosis,
  9. enostosis,
  10. enough

Origin of enormous

First recorded in 1525–35; enorm + -ous

Related formse·nor·mous·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for enormous


/ (ɪˈnɔːməs) /


unusually large in size, extent, or degree; immense; vast
archaic extremely wicked; heinous
Derived Formsenormously, adverbenormousness, noun

Word Origin for enormous

C16: from Latin ēnormis, from ē- out of, away from + norma rule, pattern

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Word Origin and History for enormous



1530s, from Latin enormis "out of rule, irregular, shapeless, extraordinary, very large," from ex- "out of" (see ex-) + norma "rule, norm" (see norm), with English -ous substituted for Latin -is.

Meaning "extraordinary in size" is attested from 1540s; original sense of "outrageous" is more clearly preserved in enormity. Earlier in same sense was enormyous (mid-15c.). Related: Enormously.

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