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Sunday, March 30, 2003

Definitions for Brobdingnagian

  1. of huge size; gigantic; tremendous.
  2. an inhabitant of Brobdingnag.
  3. a being of tremendous size; giant.

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Citations for Brobdingnagian
I wish she'd call back now, because I'd like to share with her the last of my dreams, in which the new College of Technical Careers building has turned out to be yet another replica of my own house, like Julie's, this one on a Brobdingnagian scale. Richard Russo, Straight Man, 1997
Back in 2007, when the New York–based web advertising giant DoubleClick sold itself to Google for a Brobdingnagian $3.1 billion, the sale was a big deal not only because it made millions for DoubleClick's backers and provided Google with the cornerstone of its ad-revenue juggernaut. Kevin Roose, "Tumblr’s Sale Is a Billion-Dollar Trophy for the New York Tech Scene," New York, May 20, 2013
Origin of Brobdingnagian
Brobdingnagian entered English in the mid-1700s by way of Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels, in which Brobdingnag is the name of a region where everything is of enormous size.