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[gahr-gan-choo-uh n] /gɑrˈgæn tʃu ən/
gigantic; enormous; colossal:
a gargantuan task.
Origin of gargantuan
1585-95; Gargantu(a) + -an
huge, mammoth, immense, vast, elephantine. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for gargantuan


(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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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