mountainous

[moun-tn-uh s]
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Origin of mountainous

First recorded in 1400–50, mountainous is from the late Middle English word mounteynous. See mountain, -ous
Related formsmoun·tain·ous·ly, adverbmoun·tain·ous·ness, nounnon·moun·tain·ous, adjectivenon·moun·tain·ous·ly, adverbsem·i·moun·tain·ous, adjectivesem·i·moun·tain·ous·ly, adverbun·moun·tain·ous, adjective
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Related Words for mountainous

highland, alpine, big, colossal, gigantic, huge, mammoth, tall, towering

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British Dictionary definitions for mountainous

mountainous

adjective
  1. of or relating to mountainsa mountainous region
  2. like a mountain, esp in size or impressiveness
Derived Formsmountainously, adverbmountainousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mountainous
adj.

late 14c., from Old French montagneux, from Vulgar Latin *montaneosus "mountainous," from *montanea (see mountain).

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