huge

huge, vast, immense, enormous, elephantine, mammoth, giant, gigantic, gigantean, colossal, gargantuan, Herculean, cyclopean, titanic, Brobdingnagian are comparable when meaning exceedingly or excessively large.
Huge is a rather general term indicating extreme largeness, usually in size, bulk, or capacity
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an enormous volume of heavy, inky vapor, coiling and pouring upward in a huge and ebony cumulus cloud— H. G. Wells

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the Texan question and Mexican War made huge annexations of Southwestern territory certain— Nevins & Commager

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Vast denotes extreme largeness or broadness, especially of extent or range
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the Great Valley of California, a vast elliptical bowl averaging 50 miles in width and more than 400 miles long— Amer. Guide Series: Calif.

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consider the vast varieties of religions ancient and modern— Cohen

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Immense suggests size far in excess of ordinary measurements or accustomed concepts
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an immense quill, plucked from a distended albatross' wing— Melville

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found the balloon at an immense height indeed, and the earth's convexity had now become strikingly manifest— Poe

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the immense waste of war— Brogan

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Enormous also indicates a size or degree exceeding accustomed bounds or norms
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heavy wagons, enormous loads, scarcely any less than three tons— Amer. Guide Series: Calif.

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the princes of the Renascence lavished upon private luxury and display enormous amounts of money— Mumford

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Elephantine suggests the cumbersome or ponderous largeness of the elephant
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similar elephantine bones were being displayed ... as relics of the "giants" mentioned in the Bible— R. W. Murray

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elephantine grain elevators— Amer. Guide Series: N. Y.

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Mammoth is similar to elephantine
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her parties were . . . mammoth—she rarely invited fewer than 100 people— Time

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a mammoth cyclotron— Whicher

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Giant indicates unusual size or scope
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loaded with a typical unit of giant industrial equipment, the new car weighs more than a million pounds—Pa. Railroad Annual Report (1952)

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his giant intellect

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Gigantic and the uncommon gigantean are close synonyms of giant perhaps more likely to be used in metaphorical extensions
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gigantic jewels that a hundred Negroes could not carry— Chesterton

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a justice of the Supreme Court . . . however gigantic his learning and his juridic rectitude— Mencken

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Colossal may suggest vast proportion
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three sets of colossal figures of men and animals . . . the largest man is 167 feet long— Amer. Guide Series: Calif

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the sun blazed down ... the heat was colossalForester

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Gargantuan suggests the hugeness of Rabelais's Gargantua and is often used in reference to appetites and similar physical matters
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gargantuan breakfasts . . . pigs' knuckles and sauerkraut, liver and bacon, ham and eggs, beef stew— Ferber

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Herculean suggests the superhuman power of the Greek hero Hercules or the superhuman difficulties of his famous labors
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a Herculean task confronted them. Some 1700 miles of track had to be laid through a wilderness— Nevins & Commager

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Cyclopean suggests the superhuman size and strength of the Cyclops of Greek mythology
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of cyclopean masonry, consisting of very large blocks of stone— Scientific American

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Titanic suggests colossal size and, often, primitive earth-shaking strength
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titanic water fronds speedily choked both those rivers— H. G. Wells

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it was his titanic energy that broke the fetters of medievalism— Cohen

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Brobdingnagian suggests the hugeness of the inhabitants of the Brobdingnag of Gulliver's Travels
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a brand-new Brobdingnagian hotel— Disraeli

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Analogous words: stupendous, tremendous, prodigious, monumental, *monstrous: big, great, *large

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  • huge — W2S2 [hju:dʒ] adj ↑huge, ↑tiny [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: ahuge] 1.) extremely large in size, amount, or degree = ↑enormous ▪ a huge dog ▪ huge crowds ▪ Your room s huge compared to mine. ▪ These …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • huge´ly — huge «hyooj», adjective, hug|er, hug|est. 1. very, very large; unusually large in size, bulk, or dimensions: »Whales and elephants are huge animals. 2. extremely large in quantity or number: »He won a huge su …   Useful english dictionary

  • Huge — Huge, a. [Compar. {Huger}; superl. {Hugest}.] [OE. huge, hoge, OF. ahuge, ahoge.] Very large; enormous; immense; excessive; used esp. of material bulk, but often of qualities, extent, etc.; as, a huge ox; a huge space; a huge difference. The huge …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • huge'ly — adverb 1. Very 2. Vastly • • • Main Entry: ↑huge …   Useful english dictionary

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  • huge — mid 12c., apparently aphetic of O.Fr. ahuge, ahoge extremely large, enormous; mighty, powerful, itself of uncertain origin. Expanded form hugeous is attested from early 15c. Related: Hugeness …   Etymology dictionary

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