American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to an elephant.
- adj. Enormous in size or strength: "the proliferation of superstores, superstadiums, [and] elephantine convention centers” ( Herbert Muschamp).
- adj. Ponderously clumsy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the elephant; resembling an elephant.
- Hence Elephant-like; huge; immense; heavy; clumsy: as, he was of elephantine proportions; elephantine movements.
- Made or consisting of ivory. See chryselephantine.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of elephants.
- adj. Very large.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to the elephant, or resembling an elephant (commonly, in size); hence, huge; immense; heavy.
- adj. of great mass; huge and bulky
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“Thank you all very much," she said -- and was gone, with a kind of elephantine swiftness.”
“He had become suave and unctuous, a kind of elephantine irony pervading his laborious attempts at conciliation.”
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“Aurochs were immortalised in prehistoric cave paintings and admired for their brute strength and "elephantine" size by Julius Caesar.”
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“I have just been telling you what I think, in order to explain why the elephantine gambols of Madame Tetralani spoil the orchestra for me.”
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