Definition of gentle giant in US English:

gentle giant


  • A man who is tall and strong but has a quiet, mild nature.

    ‘he is the consummate nice guy, a gentle giant who is thoughtful and caring’
    • ‘Those refugee children will never forget the gentle giant who gave piggyback rides.’
    • ‘He is a gentle giant, intelligent, well spoken, proud of his relations and Irish Heritage.’
    • ‘He was known as the Gentle Giant and was never sent off or given a yellow card.’
    • ‘He is sadly missed by his neighbours who knew him down the years as a kind and gentle giant.’
    • ‘Mrs Hooper, who is disabled, described stocky Jimmy as a "gentle giant."’
    • ‘He was a gentle giant who was loved by everybody.’
    • ‘The gentle giant, who stands seven feet three inches tall, again plays the hairy Wookie warrior Chewbacca in the science-fiction movie.’
    • ‘Martin was a gentle giant who made many friends in the Manchester region.’
    • ‘He's a gentle giant who wouldn't want to hurt anyone.’
    • ‘We all knew him as the gentle giant and he will be greatly missed by us all.’
    • ‘He looks like a gentle giant and cooks up heavenly food.’
    • ‘I always thought he was a likeable bloke and a gentle giant.’
    • ‘I don't know the family very well, but Colin is a gentle giant.’