Definition of mountainous in US English:

mountainous

adjective

  • 1(of a region) having many mountains.

    • ‘Pakistan controls a thin slice of the valley in the west and a large tract of mountainous land in the north.’
    • ‘Many of the communities in this beautiful mountainous region are desperately poor.’
    • ‘The island, mountainous and very pretty, features huge banana plantations.’
    • ‘This time the Swindon-born aviator hopes to smash an altitude record in a balloon over mountainous terrain.’
    • ‘In the background is a landscape of forests amid mountainous terrain.’
    • ‘The mountainous region around the small Corsican town of Bastilyica breeds a hardy, proud people.’
    • ‘Victims were forced to live in sanatoriums on small islands or deep in mountainous hinterlands.’
    • ‘It proposes setting up mobile teams to provide specialist medical services in remote mountainous regions.’
    • ‘Poor communication and transport in the remote and mountainous region also hampered operations.’
    • ‘Their course includes two of the highest roads in the world, so it will be a double challenge to cope with the mountainous terrain and the altitude.’
    • ‘Galicia is a mountainous land of ever-present rain and mists and lush greenery.’
    • ‘The mountainous county has become a natural habitat for boars and owls, yet crops there have also been ruined by them.’
    • ‘The militants attack Indian forces almost daily in the mountainous province.’
    • ‘The southern part of the province is mountainous with most villages situated at the foot of the mountains.’
    • ‘Since then, the mountainous county has been prone to mudflows and landslides triggered by torrential rains.’
    • ‘In general, mountainous regions with their steep slopes and deep valleys are eroded fastest.’
    • ‘The road traverses sandy and stony desert and mountainous terrain.’
    • ‘The army, they say, lacked sufficient combat readiness to fight in mountainous terrain.’
    • ‘Traditional alpine plants come from the mountainous regions of the world.’
    • ‘In India, they can only be found today in the mountainous regions of Kashmir and Ladakh.’
    • ‘Almost all the land is mountainous and high above sea level.’
    • ‘Nepal is a mostly mountainous region made up of many small villages.’
    • ‘The school is in a village in Auvergne, a rural and mountainous region in France.’
    • ‘The soils in this mountainous region of Portugal are shallow and stony.’
    hilly, craggy, rocky, alpine, high, steep, precipitous
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    1. 1.1 Huge.
      ‘struggling under mountainous debts’
      • ‘The government, meanwhile, is burdened with a debt to rich creditors so mountainous it can simply never be repaid.’
      • ‘It is famous for its mountainous debt and its stupendous sales growth.’
      • ‘It was a massive building lined with silver and jade, a mountainous structure glimmering in the sun.’
      • ‘Many very young people find themselves saddled with mountainous debts.’
      huge, enormous, gigantic, massive, very big, very large, great, giant, colossal, mammoth, vast, immense, tremendous, mighty, formidable, staggering, monumental, herculean, epic, prodigious, monstrous, titanic, towering, king-sized, king-size, gargantuan, substantial
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Pronunciation

mountainous

/ˈmaʊntənəs//ˈmountənəs/