Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of exceedingly great size, extent, or quantity. See Synonyms at enormous.
  • adj. Of exceedingly great scope or nature: the huge influence of the Hellenic world.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very large.
  • adj. Distinctly interesting, significant, important, likeable, well regarded.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Very large; enormous; immense; excessive; -- used esp. of material bulk, but often of qualities, extent, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having great bulk; very large; immense; enormous of its kind: as, a huge mountain; a huge ox; a huge beetle.
  • Very great in any respect; of exceptionally great capacity, extent, degree, etc.; inordinate: as, a huge difference.
  • Synonyms Vast, bulky, immense, gigantic, colossal, prodigious. See bulky.
  • n. Great bulk.
  • Hugely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French ahuge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English huge, from Old French ahuge ("high, lofty, great, large, huge"), from a hoge ("at height"), from a ("at, to") + hoge ("a hill, height"), from Frankish *haug, *houg (“height, hill”) or Old Norse haugr ("hill"), both from Proto-Germanic *haugaz (“hill, mound”), from Proto-Indo-European *koukos (“hill, mound”). Akin to Old High German houg ("mound") (whence German Hügel ("hill")), Icelandic haugr ("mound"), Lithuanian kaukaras ("hill"), Old High German hōh ("high") (whence German hoch), Old English hēah ("high"). More at high. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Second, adult giraffes are so huge they are not just tall, they are *huge*, I don’t think they get serious predation except maybe as babies.

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  • She was going to make my name huge in the art world.

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  • The United Nations on Tuesday described what it called "huge suffering" among civilians from air strikes in Southern Kordofan on the border with South Sudan, by northern forces directed from Khartoum.

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  • "Let's say 'emotional' covers kind of both of them, but I could throw a bunch of different ones: 'Uplifting', 'revealing' and I will throw in the word 'huge' in there as well."

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  • And citing what it called huge interest on its website, the company is boosting production the following year to 45,000.

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  • It was the second time she had used the word huge.

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  • The idea of linking, connecting, plugging in, and forming a link stem from some of the diverse meanings of the Sanskrit word yoga, which comes from the root word yuj, which is pronounced like the English word huge.

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  • Accepting the prize in the nation's capital, the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader chastised America for not fully addressing what he calls a huge gap between the rich and the poor.

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  • It placed employment at the top of a list of what it called huge challenges facing South Africa.

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  • The party is citing what they call huge problems in Denver this morning in voting.

    CNN Transcript Nov 7, 2006

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