Definition of larger than life in US English:

larger than life

phrase

  • 1(of a person) attracting special attention because of unusual and flamboyant appearance or behavior.

    ‘Scorsese's stories have always featured larger-than-life characters’
    • ‘He was a larger than life character - jovial, outgoing, hugely personable.’
    • ‘The larger than life owner attracted some of the biggest acts of the 60s and 70s to a grateful Leigh, as well as raising thousands of pounds for local charities.’
    • ‘But he can't make himself larger than life, and neither can his cult followers, no matter how hard they try.’
    • ‘Perhaps being ‘one note’ is what makes them memorable & larger than life.’
    • ‘He is a colourful character, larger than life, fun, friendly and always joking.’
    • ‘He's got that movie star quality happening - there's something larger than life about his frame, his presence.’
    • ‘And it was as if he was suddenly larger than life, a living breathing projection of my own wilted self-image.’
    • ‘They came from all parts of the country and overseas to bid their fond farewells to a man who was larger than life and who worked so hard for his constituents in his beloved Roscommon.’
    • ‘‘It's about the last time that you believe in people as larger than life,’ he says.’
    • ‘It was meant to be, like, noir sort of style, so it's set in a completely unreal universe that doesn't represent anything in the world, and all the people are larger than life.’
    1. 1.1 (of a thing) seeming disproportionately important.
      ‘your problems seem larger than life at that time of night’
      • ‘‘It's about the last time that you believe in people as larger than life,’ he says.’
      • ‘Perhaps being ‘one note’ is what makes them memorable & larger than life.’
      • ‘He's got that movie star quality happening - there's something larger than life about his frame, his presence.’
      • ‘It was meant to be, like, noir sort of style, so it's set in a completely unreal universe that doesn't represent anything in the world, and all the people are larger than life.’
      • ‘He is a colourful character, larger than life, fun, friendly and always joking.’
      • ‘He was a larger than life character - jovial, outgoing, hugely personable.’
      • ‘The larger than life owner attracted some of the biggest acts of the 60s and 70s to a grateful Leigh, as well as raising thousands of pounds for local charities.’
      • ‘But he can't make himself larger than life, and neither can his cult followers, no matter how hard they try.’
      • ‘And it was as if he was suddenly larger than life, a living breathing projection of my own wilted self-image.’
      • ‘They came from all parts of the country and overseas to bid their fond farewells to a man who was larger than life and who worked so hard for his constituents in his beloved Roscommon.’