[jahy-gan-tik, ji-]


very large; huge: a gigantic statue.
of, like, or befitting a giant.

Origin of gigantic

1605–15; < Latin gigant- giant + -ic
Related formsgi·gan·ti·cal·ly, adverbgi·gan·tic·ness, noun

Synonyms for gigantic

1. enormous, immense, prodigious, herculean, cyclopean, titanic. Gigantic, colossal, mammoth, monstrous are used of whatever is physically or metaphorically of great magnitude. Gigantic refers to the size of a giant, or to size or scope befitting a giant: a gigantic stalk of corn. Colossal refers to the size of a colossus, to anything huge or vast as befitting a hero or god: a colossal victory. Mammoth refers to the size of the animal of that name and is used especially of anything large and heavy: a mammoth battleship. Monstrous means strikingly unusual or out of the normal in some way, as in size: a monstrous blunder.

Antonyms for gigantic

1. tiny. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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very large; enormousa gigantic error
Also: gigantesque (ˌdʒaɪɡænˈtɛsk) of or suitable for giants
Derived Formsgigantically, adverbgiganticness, noun

Word Origin for gigantic

C17: from Greek gigantikos, from gigas giant
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Word Origin and History for gigantic

1610s, "pertaining to giants," from Latin gigant- stem of gigantem, from gigas "giant" (see giant) + -ic. Replaced earlier gigantine (c.1600), gigantical (c.1600), giantlike (1570s). Of material or immaterial things, actions, etc., by 1797.

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