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gigantic

[jahy-gan-tik, ji-]
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adjective
  1. very large; huge: a gigantic statue.
  2. of, like, or befitting a giant.
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Origin of gigantic

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

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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

1. tiny.
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gigantic

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

Word Origin

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

adj.

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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