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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
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  • So they sent a messenger to the giantess Hyrrockin, the hugest of all the Frost People.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • From there a door led into the hugest kitchen Heidi had ever seen.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • We see war for what it has ever been—the curse of man, the hugest hinderance to our civilization.

  • But to our strength, even the hugest of the rocks was movable.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • The Pharaohs of the fourth dynasty were the builders of the hugest of the pyramids.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • Roger, the elder, had one of the hugest kitchens and shops in Kisington.

    Kisington Town Abbie Farwell Brown
  • It is probably the hugest disclosure of falsity in human things that was ever at one time made.

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  • And quite as thick were those on the stairs, secured with the hugest of brass rods.

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British Dictionary definitions for hugest


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 hugest



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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