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[hyooj or, often, yooj] /hyudʒ or, often, yudʒ/
adjective, huger, hugest.
extraordinarily large in bulk, quantity, or extent:
a huge ship; a huge portion of ice cream.
of unbounded extent, scope, or character; limitless:
the huge genius of Mozart.
Slang. very important, successful, popular, etc.:
The show is huge in Britain.
Origin of huge
1225-75; Middle English huge, hoge < Old French ahuge, ahoge enormous, equivalent to a- a-5 + hoge height < Germanic; compare Old Norse haugr hill (see high)
Related forms
hugely, adverb
hugeness, noun
overhuge, adjective
overhugely, adverb
overhugeness, noun
1. mammoth, gigantic, colossal; vast; stupendous; bulky. Huge, enormous, immense, tremendous imply great magnitude. Huge implies massiveness, bulkiness, or even shapelessness: a huge mass of rock; a huge collection of antiques. Enormous, literally out of the norm, applies to what exceeds in extent, magnitude, or degree, a norm or standard: an enormous iceberg. Tremendous, in informal use, applies to anything so huge as to be astonishing or to inspire awe: a tremendous amount of equipment. Immense, literally not measurable, is particularly applicable to what is exceedingly great, without reference to a standard: immense buildings. All are used figuratively: a huge success; enormous curiosity; tremendous effort; immense joy.
1. small, tiny, diminutive.
Pronunciation note
See human. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for huge
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  • Why need the huge mills feed the hospitals daily with injured men?

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Robert pointed in silence to the huge rock which lay on the track.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Hawk Eye climbed down the rock and gazed silently at the huge body.

    Hawk Eye David Cory
  • The bucklers were huge shields, and the weapons were wooden swords.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • It's huge—how can such an enormous ship ever get off the Earth?

    The Memory of Mars Raymond F. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for huge


extremely large in size, amount, or scope Archaic form hugeous
Derived Forms
hugeness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French ahuge, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for huge

mid-12c., apparently a shortening of Old French ahuge, ahoge "extremely large, enormous; mighty, powerful," itself of uncertain origin. Expanded form hugeous is attested from early 15c. Related: Hugeness.

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