One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Like or appropriate to a giant.‘these figures, gigantesque and caricatured, haunted my dreams’‘a gigantesque feat’
- ‘This year the colourful event shirt features a clown and will be on sale in all sizes from the tiniest to the gigantesque.’
- ‘A scaly lizard-like creature with gigantesque leathery bat-like wings and, scaly, ridged skin, with an abnormal and slightly captivating black luster.’
Early 19th century: from French, from Italian gigantesco, from Greek gigas, gigant- (see giant).
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