Definition of Brobdingnagian in English:



  • Huge; gigantic.

    ‘a beam engine of Brobdingnagian proportions’
    • ‘In 1997, in an urban park, Opie set up life-size animal sculptures inspired by wooden toys, with the results looking as if some Brobdingnagian child had just been called in from play.’
    • ‘Yet half a boot is still man-tall, which suggests the Brobdingnagian proportions of the vanished monument.’
    • ‘He's a Brobdingnagian bodybuilder, but his business and his personal-appearance demands are also growing out of control.’
    • ‘Everything is of Brobdingnagian proportions.’
    • ‘Even when the forms are treated more roughly, with crevasses and handprints or, as in a couple of cases, allowed to collapse altogether, these sculptures are as ingenuously appealing as soap bubbles, or unstrung Brobdingnagian beads.’
    • ‘We want Lou to win, but know deep down that despite his Brobdingnagian physique and earnest desire, he's 100% outclassed by Schwarzenegger.’
    • ‘Archetypical among them is surely a cautionary tale that I witnessed late one night while forcing myself to finish a Brobdingnagian hunk of cheese strudel at the legendary Carnegie Deli, in New York City.’
    • ‘There is always a Brobdingnagian flow of funds into 401k's and the like in January and it may well follow tradition into equities in 2001.’
    • ‘The only sound she could hear were the flies buzzing around the Brobdingnagian piles of waste.’
    • ‘Mark Fisher's fantastical Brobdingnagian stage sets are about as close as architects ever get to rock and roll, which remains, despite Halls of Fame and Hard Rock Cafes, essentially uninstitutionalizable.’
    • ‘It seems like only yesterday that restaurants were staking their popularity on menus packed with such adorable dishes as macaroni and cheese and s'mores, served in Brobdingnagian renderings of Richie Cunningham's rec room.’
    • ‘The pride of Dayton, Washington, is Bluewood, a Lilliputian nonresort with Brobdingnagian tree skiing.’
    • ‘If you dig the likes of Tortoise, the High Llamas and later Stereolab, you have no excuse for missing the Hylozoists, who join label-mates Bodega and Hopeful Monster at the Brobdingnagian showcase.’
    • ‘As he walked down the hallway, story in hand, he looked up to see the Brobdingnagian figure of Jimmy Breslin, who agreed to take a peek at the problem lead.’
    • ‘The male desire for big stuff can extend beyond Tonka trucks, Brobdingnagian TVs and inappropriately large cars.’
    • ‘He was an instant power hitter, and never mind that at 5 feet 11 inches and 180 pounds, he was hardly a Brobdingnagian presence.’
    • ‘Eight football pitches could be accommodated in its Brobdingnagian interior and the Eiffel Tower easily stored on its side.’
    • ‘Huge great Brobdingnagian wooden doors open to the King's Cross building site, giving light and air of fair to middling quality.’
    • ‘What happens to News Corporation, the Brobdingnagian contraption he virtually willed into existence by the power of his ingenuity and his willingness to place huge, risky bets?’
    • ‘However, in its stead I have resolved to keep a comprehensive journal, as I always do, and will hopefully blog a Brobdingnagian entry of gastric proportions upon my return.’
    large, sizeable, of considerable size, substantial, considerable, great, huge, immense, enormous, extensive, colossal, massive, mammoth, vast, prodigious, tremendous, gigantic, giant, monumental, mighty, stupendous, gargantuan, elephantine, titanic, epic, mountainous, megalithic, monstrous
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  • A giant.

    • ‘The Brobdingnagians could, if they wished, dominate through their superior size, but they do not.’
    • ‘A limber Brobdingnagian hulked about Paris last week.’
    • ‘He never quite stayed still, peeking out of the cattails to eye this Brobdingnagian and see whether it meant any harm.’
    giant, mammoth, colossus, leviathan, behemoth, titan, brobdingnagian, monstrosity
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Early 18th century: from Brobdingnag, the name given by Swift (in Gulliver's Travels) to a land where everything is of huge size, + -ian.