Definition of gigantesque in US English:



  • 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).