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huge

[hyooj or, often, yooj]
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adjective, hug·er, hug·est.
  1. extraordinarily large in bulk, quantity, or extent: a huge ship; a huge portion of ice cream.
  2. of unbounded extent, scope, or character; limitless: the huge genius of Mozart.
  3. Slang. very important, successful, popular, etc.: The show is huge in Britain.
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Origin of huge

1225–75; Middle English huge, hoge < Old French ahuge, ahoge enormous, equivalent to a- a-5 + hoge height < Germanic; compare Old Norse haugr hill (see high)
Related formshuge·ly, adverbhuge·ness, nouno·ver·huge, adjectiveo·ver·huge·ly, adverbo·ver·huge·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. mammoth, gigantic, colossal; vast; stupendous; bulky. Huge, enormous, immense, tremendous imply great magnitude. Huge implies massiveness, bulkiness, or even shapelessness: a huge mass of rock; a huge collection of antiques. Enormous, literally out of the norm, applies to what exceeds in extent, magnitude, or degree, a norm or standard: an enormous iceberg. Tremendous, in informal use, applies to anything so huge as to be astonishing or to inspire awe: a tremendous amount of equipment. Immense, literally not measurable, is particularly applicable to what is exceedingly great, without reference to a standard: immense buildings. All are used figuratively: a huge success; enormous curiosity; tremendous effort; immense joy.

Antonyms

Pronunciation note

See human.
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Related Words

enormoushumongoustremendousgreatmonstrousmagnificentgiantcolossalimmensemonumentalmammothmassivegargantuantoweringgiganticextensivevastbulkyelephantinegross

Examples from the Web for huge

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  • Robert pointed in silence to the huge rock which lay on the track.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The bucklers were huge shields, and the weapons were wooden swords.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Then there was a furious clamor and a huge dog rushed at him.

  • He was smoking his big briar and drinking a huge glass of brown beer.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • He brought his huge fist down on the desk with violence, and his voice was forbidding.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana


British Dictionary definitions for huge

huge

adjective
  1. extremely large in size, amount, or scopeArchaic form: hugeous
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Derived Formshugeness, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French ahuge, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for huge

adj.

mid-12c., apparently a shortening of Old French ahuge, ahoge "extremely large, enormous; mighty, powerful," itself of uncertain origin. Expanded form hugeous is attested from early 15c. Related: Hugeness.

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