gargantuan

[gahr-gan-choo-uhn]

adjective

gigantic; enormous; colossal: a gargantuan task.

Nearby words

  1. garfish,
  2. garfunkel,
  3. garg.,
  4. garganey,
  5. gargantua,
  6. garget,
  7. gargle,
  8. gargoyle,
  9. gargoylism,
  10. gari

Origin of gargantuan

First recorded in 1585–95; Gargantu(a) + -an

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British Dictionary definitions for gargantuan

gargantuan

adjective

(sometimes capital) huge; enormous

usage

Some people think that gargantuan should only be used to describe things connected with food: a gargantuan meal; his gargantuan appetite

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Word Origin and History for gargantuan

gargantuan

adj.

1590s, from Gargantua, large-mouthed giant in Rabelais' novels, supposedly from Spanish/Portuguese garganta "gullet, throat," which is from the same imitative root as gargle.

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