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Words nearby ginormous
What does ginormous mean?
Ginormous is a very informal way of saying extraordinarily large or huge. Some things are more than huge—they’re ginormous.
The word is most often applied to physical objects whose size makes you marvel with awe. Blue whales are ginormous. Skyscrapers are ginormous. The Grand Canyon is ginormous.
But it can also be applied to intangible things, as in With all the champagne and caviar that we ordered, the bill for dinner is going to be ginormous.
Like any adjective used to describe something’s size, ginormous is often used in a way that’s relative to the situation. Many things described as ginormous are objectively huge, like redwood trees or the planet Jupiter. But something might be considered ginormous only in comparison to other similar things. For example, an unusually large grapefruit might be described as ginormous even though it’s not all that big in general—it’s simply ginormous compared to normal-sized grapefruits.
Ginormous is sometimes casually used to mean extremely important or significant—much like the figurative use of big and huge, as in This is a ginormous win for the franchise. Sometimes, this is negative, as in ginormous error, ginormous failure, or ginormous misunderstanding. Because it’s so informal, it’s unlikely to be used in very serious situations.
Example: You don’t realize how ginormous the sun is until you see an image of a planet next to it for scale.
Where does ginormous come from?
The first records of the word ginormous come from the 1940s. It’s a blend of giant or gigantic and enormous.
Combining different words for huge in a single term makes ginormous useful when you’re trying to emphasize how huge something really is. Because it’s very informal, it’s often used to be humorous or exaggerate. Humongous is often used in the same way.
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What are some synonyms for ginormous?
What are some words that share a root or word element with ginormous?
What are some words that often get used in discussing ginormous?
How is ginormous used in real life?
Ginormous is very informal. It’s used to describe things that are truly massive. It’s also commonly used in an exaggerated way to describe something that’s very large compared to others of its kind.
There's a blue whale skeleton at UBC and I'm struggling to take a pic that does it justice. It's ginormous. pic.twitter.com/sehs72X86G
— chandler (@cba) May 13, 2016
Wow! Like toasted bagel sandwiches but that one is truly ginormous! https://t.co/fK2owXjqnn
— Dr_Rao_N10 (@rao_n10) January 14, 2017
Just removed a truly ginormous spider all by myself. There should be awards for this kind of thing.
— Laura Tisdall (@LauraTisdall) October 18, 2012
Try using ginormous!
Which of the following words is a synonym of ginormous?
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for ginormous
Those numbers seem big, but it’s important to remember just how ginormous Google is.Big tech CEOs face lawmakers in House hearing on social media’s role in extremism, misinformation|Gerrit De Vynck, Cat Zakrzewski, Elizabeth Dwoskin, Rachel Lerman|March 25, 2021|Washington Post
If this statement were true, every corporation would have to have an “Options Change Department,” with a ginormous staff, whose sole job would be changing options daily.
Completely redesigned a few years ago, this ginormous hauler handles like it’s floating on air.
However, even that ginormous difference still shows about three times the amount of deuterium than we see on our planet.
Mars has no tectonic plates—no continents, in other words—and no ginormous moon.
Its purpose: to collect a ginormous amount of data and crack the ultimate encryption.The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for March 17, 2012|Brian Ries|March 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST