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[jahy-gan-tik, ji-] /dʒaɪˈgæn tɪk, dʒɪ-/
very large; huge:
a gigantic statue.
of, like, or befitting a giant.
Origin of gigantic
1605-15; < Latin gigant- giant + -ic
Related forms
gigantically, adverb
giganticness, noun
1. enormous, immense, prodigious, herculean, cyclopean, titanic. Gigantic, colossal, mammoth, monstrous are used of whatever is physically or metaphorically of great magnitude. Gigantic refers to the size of a giant, or to size or scope befitting a giant: a gigantic stalk of corn. Colossal refers to the size of a colossus, to anything huge or vast as befitting a hero or god: a colossal victory. Mammoth refers to the size of the animal of that name and is used especially of anything large and heavy: a mammoth battleship. Monstrous means strikingly unusual or out of the normal in some way, as in size: a monstrous blunder.
1. tiny. Unabridged
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very large; enormous: a gigantic error
Also gigantesque (ˌdʒaɪɡænˈtɛsk). of or suitable for giants
Derived Forms
gigantically, adverb
giganticness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek gigantikos, from gigasgiant
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Word Origin and History for gigantic

1610s, "pertaining to giants," from Latin gigant- stem of gigantem, from gigas "giant" (see giant) + -ic. Replaced earlier gigantine (c.1600), gigantical (c.1600), giantlike (1570s). Of material or immaterial things, actions, etc., by 1797.

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