[hyooj or, often, yooj]

adjective, hug·er, hug·est.

extraordinarily large in bulk, quantity, or extent: a huge ship; a huge portion of ice cream.
of unbounded extent, scope, or character; limitless: the huge genius of Mozart.
Slang. very important, successful, popular, etc.: The show is huge in Britain.

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

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hugest

Contemporary Examples of hugest

  • “You see how the war affects every single character, and in the hugest way possible,” added Dan Stevens.

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    August 29, 2011

Historical Examples of hugest

  • Then on the hill that hugest of balefires the warriors wakened.



  • It was the swordfish—and certainly one of immense size—the hugest yet.

  • From there a door led into the hugest kitchen Heidi had ever seen.


    Johanna Spyri

  • But to our strength, even the hugest of the rocks was movable.

    Wandl the Invader

    Raymond King Cummings

  • There entered the hugest masked man that they ever had seen.

British Dictionary definitions for hugest



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

Word Origin for huge

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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper