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gargantuan

[gahr-gan-choo-uh n] /gɑrˈgæn tʃu ən/
adjective
1.
gigantic; enormous; colossal:
a gargantuan task.
Origin of gargantuan
1585-1595
1585-95; Gargantu(a) + -an
Synonyms
huge, mammoth, immense, vast, elephantine.
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  • Startled out of his gargantuan slumber by the revolver's loud report, Howard sat up with a jump and rubbed his eyes.

    The Third Degree Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
  • "He has been treating me to gargantuan discourse, Jacqueline," said the fool, humbly.

    Under the Rose Frederic Stewart Isham
  • The chief trouble at Kazeh, as elsewhere, arose from the green scorpion, but there were also lizards and gargantuan spiders.

  • The gargantuan facade itself was enough to smother comprehension.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • London like some gargantuan babe, is awake, crying for its milk.

British Dictionary definitions for gargantuan

gargantuan

/ɡɑːˈɡæntjʊən/
adjective
1.
(sometimes capital) huge; enormous
Usage note
Some people think that gargantuan should only be used to describe things connected with food: a gargantuan meal; his gargantuan appetite
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Word Origin and History for gargantuan
adj.

1590s, from Gargantua, large-mouthed giant in Rabelais' novels, supposedly from Spanish/Portuguese garganta "gullet, throat," which is from the same imitative root as gargle.

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