Definition of gargantuan in English:



  • Enormous.

    ‘a gargantuan appetite’
    • ‘The everyday challenges of the fifth decade assume gargantuan dimensions in an industry that prizes youth.’
    • ‘However, for those of us for whom it also is work, it is a stamina and endurance challenge of gargantuan proportions.’
    • ‘My heart swelled to gargantuan proportions in my chest, and my smile broadened.’
    • ‘It's a gargantuan challenge, but the possibility of continuing with a remote, technocratic Europe died this week.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As befits a man with a gargantuan appetite, he chose the menu himself.’
    • ‘These days the manufacturer bears little resemblance to the gargantuan outfit it once was.’
    • ‘Being skinny, I have never had to worry about the side effects of such a gargantuan appetite.’
    • ‘You can only imagine what his total might have been if he'd had, say, his appetite for gargantuan scores.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They long for gargantuan TVs, pool tables and funky barka loungers to keep them happy.’
    • ‘From her gargantuan handbag, she produced five paper plates and a jar of Marmite.’
    • ‘The To Do List has grown to gargantuan size and I'm not even making a dent in it at the moment.’
    • ‘Critics say Napa Valley has an ego, but what it really has is a gargantuan appetite for life.’
    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.