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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 for huge

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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 for huge

Pronunciation note

See human.
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  • With the words, he left the room, in his wake a hugely relieved Smithson.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Then the kittens came out and sat around, and enjoyed it all hugely.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • All were hugely amused, but one, Mr. Pulcifer, was hilarious.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • They are told that they will be hugely benefited, but nobody can tell them how.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • For a mile or more the two lads speeded along, enjoying it hugely.


British Dictionary definitions for hugely

hugely

adverb
  1. very much; enormously
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huge

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

Word Origin for huge

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

adv.

mid-14c., from huge + -ly (2).

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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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