Definition of gargantuan in English:

gargantuan

adjective

  • Enormous.

    ‘a gargantuan appetite’
    • ‘However, for those of us for whom it also is work, it is a stamina and endurance challenge of gargantuan proportions.’
    • ‘From her gargantuan handbag, she produced five paper plates and a jar of Marmite.’
    • ‘It's a gargantuan challenge, but the possibility of continuing with a remote, technocratic Europe died this week.’
    • ‘They long for gargantuan TVs, pool tables and funky barka loungers to keep them happy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As befits a man with a gargantuan appetite, he chose the menu himself.’
    • ‘Being skinny, I have never had to worry about the side effects of such a gargantuan appetite.’
    • ‘A whole new sector with a gargantuan appetite for power was emerging.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The everyday challenges of the fifth decade assume gargantuan dimensions in an industry that prizes youth.’
    • ‘The To Do List has grown to gargantuan size and I'm not even making a dent in it at the moment.’
    • ‘He's at the center of a gargantuan deal that will determine how old and new media companies will evolve.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His vulgar displays of vanity while in the house were truly gargantuan in proportion.’
    • ‘You can only imagine what his total might have been if he'd had, say, his appetite for gargantuan scores.’
    • ‘Critics say Napa Valley has an ego, but what it really has is a gargantuan appetite for life.’
    • ‘On the plus side, while the menu was pretty limited, it was reasonably priced and the quantities were gargantuan.’
    • ‘That, or its members knowingly turned a blind eye to the gargantuan scale of pilfering going on under their noses.’
    • ‘These days the manufacturer bears little resemblance to the gargantuan outfit it once was.’
    • ‘My heart swelled to gargantuan proportions in my chest, and my smile broadened.’
    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
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Origin

Late 16th century: from Gargantua, the name of a voracious giant in Rabelais' book of the same name (1534), + -an.

Pronunciation

gargantuan

/ɡärˈɡan(t)SH(o͞o)ən//ɡɑrˈɡæn(t)ʃ(u)ən/