- the giant warrior of the Philistines whom David killed with a stone from a sling. I Sam. 17:48–51.
- (usually lowercase) a giant.
- (usually lowercase) a very large, powerful, or influential person or thing: a neighborhood grocery competing against the supermarket goliaths.
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Examples from the Web for goliath
This is what the Magic and the NBA are counting on—a Goliath everyone can love.
Wilt Chamberlain once pointed out that “nobody loves Goliath,” as an excuse for his enduring unpopularity.
On one side of this version of the classic David versus Goliath battle, we have “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.”The NRA’s Worst Nightmare Is America’s Moms
April 24, 2014
Even if you believe in giants, the story of Goliath was probably too good to be true.The King David You Never Knew
October 27, 2013
How do the underdogs of the world like David beat a giant like Goliath?Malcolm Gladwell In Five Minutes: What to Know to Pretend You’ve Read the New Book
October 5, 2013
A Goliath o' Gath, wha hath a stroke like untae a weaver's beam.
He has the smooth cheeks o' a wench, an' limbs like Goliath o' Gath.
In the meantime the tiny David had put the great Goliath to flight.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
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.The Universal Reciter
- 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
Late Latin Goliath, from Hebrew Golyath, name of the Philistine giant slain by David [I Sam. xvii].
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