Definition of gargantuan in English:



  • Enormous.

    ‘a gargantuan appetite’
    • ‘A whole new sector with a gargantuan appetite for power was emerging.’
    • ‘His vulgar displays of vanity while in the house were truly gargantuan in proportion.’
    • ‘The To Do List has grown to gargantuan size and I'm not even making a dent in it at the moment.’
    • ‘She sat at the table in front of us and proceeded to order an enormous earthenware jug of red wine and a gargantuan bowl of spaghetti with clam sauce.’
    • ‘This is a gargantuan pub with a vast forecourt and car park in front, a real restaurant and lots of nooks and crannies to get lost in.’
    • ‘As befits a man with a gargantuan appetite, he chose the menu himself.’
    • ‘However, for those of us for whom it also is work, it is a stamina and endurance challenge of gargantuan proportions.’
    • ‘Being skinny, I have never had to worry about the side effects of such a gargantuan appetite.’
    • ‘On the plus side, while the menu was pretty limited, it was reasonably priced and the quantities were gargantuan.’
    • ‘He's at the center of a gargantuan deal that will determine how old and new media companies will evolve.’
    • ‘It's a gargantuan challenge, but the possibility of continuing with a remote, technocratic Europe died this week.’
    • ‘That, or its members knowingly turned a blind eye to the gargantuan scale of pilfering going on under their noses.’
    • ‘My heart swelled to gargantuan proportions in my chest, and my smile broadened.’
    • ‘From her gargantuan handbag, she produced five paper plates and a jar of Marmite.’
    • ‘His house is a biscuit-free zone and he has replaced such sugary temptations with gargantuan bowls of fruit for him and his family to snack on.’
    • ‘They long for gargantuan TVs, pool tables and funky barka loungers to keep them happy.’
    • ‘These days the manufacturer bears little resemblance to the gargantuan outfit it once was.’
    • ‘Critics say Napa Valley has an ego, but what it really has is a gargantuan appetite for life.’
    • ‘The everyday challenges of the fifth decade assume gargantuan dimensions in an industry that prizes youth.’
    • ‘You can only imagine what his total might have been if he'd had, say, his appetite for gargantuan scores.’
    enormous, extremely big, extremely large, massive, huge, colossal, vast, immense, cosmic, tremendous, gigantic, giant, monstrous, towering, mammoth, prodigious, elephantine, mountainous, mighty, monumental, epic, king-size, king-sized, titanic, herculean, brobdingnagian, substantial, hefty, weighty, bulky
    whopping, whopping great, thumping, thumping great, humongous, mega, monster, jumbo, hulking, bumper
    whacking, whacking great, ginormous
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Late 16th century: from Gargantua, the name of a voracious giant in Rabelais' book of the same name (1534), + -an.