gigantic; enormous; colossal: a gargantuan task.

Origin of gargantuan

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

Synonyms for gargantuan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gargantuan

Contemporary Examples of gargantuan

Historical Examples of gargantuan

  • "He has been treating me to Gargantuan discourse, Jacqueline," said the fool, humbly.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham

  • The Gargantuan facade itself was enough to smother comprehension.

    The Blind Spot

    Austin Hall

  • London like some Gargantuan babe, is awake, crying for its milk.

  • But that which has most puzzled and shocked readers are the specially Gargantuan passages relating to eating and drinking.

  • He dropped his hand sheepishly when he realized it was only a sneeze—though a gargantuan one.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for gargantuan



(sometimes capital) huge; enormous


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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper