adjective Etymology: Brobdingnag, imaginary land of giants in Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift Date: 1728 marked by tremendous size • Brobdingnagian noun

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  • Brobdingnagian — Brob ding*nag i*an, a. [From Brobdingnag, a country of giants in Gulliver s Travels. ] Colossal; of extraordinary height; gigantic. n. A giant. [Spelt often {Brobdignagian}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brobdingnagian — huge, immense, gigantic, 1728, from BROBDINGNAG (Cf. Brobdingnag) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Brobdingnagian — *huge, vast, immense, enormous, elephantine, mammoth, giant, gigantic, gigantean, colossal, gargantuan, Herculean, cyclopean, titanic Antonyms: lilliputian …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • brobdingnagian — 1. adjective a) Of or pertaining to Brobdingnag. The two men followed Madame de Vaurigard into a square hall, hung with tapestries and lit by two candles of a Brobdingnagian species Mellin had heretofore seen only in cathedrals. b) Enormous, huge …   Wiktionary

  • Brobdingnagian — /brob ding nag ee euhn/, adj. 1. of huge size; gigantic; tremendous. n. 2. an inhabitant of Brobdingnag. 3. a being of tremendous size; giant. [BROBDINGNAG + IAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Brobdingnagian — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Of extraordinary size and power: behemoth, Bunyanesque, colossal, cyclopean, elephantine, enormous, gargantuan, giant, gigantesque, gigantic, herculean, heroic, huge, immense, jumbo, mammoth, massive, massy,… …   English dictionary for students

  • Brobdingnagian — n. person from the imaginary land Brobdingnag in Gulliver s Travels ; enormous person; giant adj. of or relating to the imaginary land Brobdingnag in Gulliver s Travels …   English contemporary dictionary

  • brobdingnagian — adj. enormous, immense; huge, very big …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Brobdingnagian — [ˌbrɒbdɪŋ nagɪən] adjective very large; gigantic. noun a giant. Origin C18: from Brobdingnag, a land in Jonathan Swift s Gulliver s Travels (1726) where everything is of huge size …   English new terms dictionary

  • brobdingnagian — brob·ding·nag·ian …   English syllables

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