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Goliath

[guh-lahy-uh th]
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noun
  1. the giant warrior of the Philistines whom David killed with a stone from a sling. I Sam. 17:48–51.
  2. (usually lowercase) a giant.
  3. (usually lowercase) a very large, powerful, or influential person or thing: a neighborhood grocery competing against the supermarket goliaths.
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  • A Goliath o' Gath, wha hath a stroke like untae a weaver's beam.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • He has the smooth cheeks o' a wench, an' limbs like Goliath o' Gath.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • In the meantime the tiny David had put the great Goliath to flight.

  • He took part in the execution of Goliath Steinberg, the German spy.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • In this dialogue, the first speech of Goliath is simple vaunt.


British Dictionary definitions for goliath

Goliath

noun
  1. Old Testament a Philistine giant from Gath who terrorized the Hebrews until he was killed by David with a stone from his sling (I Samuel 17)
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Word Origin and History for goliath

Goliath

Late Latin Goliath, from Hebrew Golyath, name of the Philistine giant slain by David [I Sam. xvii].

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