Definitions

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  • adj. Very large.

Etymologies

Blend of gigantic and enormous. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He's cute, small (20lbs), and currently moulting (ie, his undercoat is shedding in ginormous clumps), in case you're new to the blog and haven't seen pictures.

    Not a fox... or a husky

  • And, to save you time, I am aware that ginormous is a made up word.

    The blame game… the race card… the care card « BuzzMachine

  • The person who recommended Laredo to me described the portions as "ginormous" - surely an exaggeration, I thought.

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  • Well Watchmen finally hits theaters today (my wife and I will be checking it out tonight in ginormous IMAX), so what better wayto celebrate — or drown your sorrows in case you didn’t like the movie — with Watchmen inspired drinks fromtheIsotopecomic lounge in San Francisco.

    Drink up Watchmen style

  • Oh, and, in case you are wondering, much to my glee and John’s disgust, ginormous is indeed officially a word.

    Strawberries Are Here!!!

  • With fiscal chaos sweeping the globe like some kind of ginormous dustpan and brush set, nothing and nobody was untouched.

    Sky puts a new spin on going to the dogs

  • It doesn't have to be a 'ginormous' gesture -- it could be as easy as holding the door open for someone, paying toll for the car behind you or just a simple smile to a stranger.

    Toan Lam: MC Yogi "Gives Love"

  • Space is ginormous In case you're wondering, 'ginormous' is indeed a scientific measure of space.

    Ben Fractenberg: We're Going To The Moon...Again

  • Or is that some kind of ginormous, faux cracked bracelet?

    Estee Lauder: Ouch

  • Of course, any decent person should be when it comes to the crass, crude and unavoidably sexual "ginormous," but I am even when there's no good reason to be.

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Comments

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  • Best usage: See "Elf"

    April 2, 2010

  • Thanks ptero.

    January 24, 2010

  • I invented this word RIGHT NOW!

    January 24, 2010

  • I don't remember anything about 1984...it's a complete blank.

    January 24, 2010

  • I was curious about M-W's claim to have dated this word to 1948, so I got a second opinion from the OED. The OED says the same thing, it turns out, and goes into further detail:

    1948 in Partridge Dict. Forces' Slang. 1962 W. GRANVILLE Dict. Sailors' Slang 53/2 Ginormous, acronymous adjective descriptive of something really impressive: a brush with the enemy; a raid upon the enemy's shipping or coastline, or merely a particularly ‘heavy’ party in the mess.
    Oooh, a heavy party in the mess -- sounds like a good time!

    January 24, 2010

  • I first remember hearing the word in 1984.

    January 24, 2010

  • I invented the word "ginormous" in 1998 while working at Netscape. It was my combination of "giant" and "enormous". I had tested "egantic" (enormous + gigantic) -- but that had no where near the ring to it of "ginormous".

    karen richardson

    January 24, 2010

  • I really prefer "bignormous" over "ginormous." The beauty of bignormous is that of a yellow schoolbus converted into a methlab and then thrown up on a flatbed truck and filled with schoolkids again. The perfect mix of perversion, human will, and organicity. That, by the way, was a bignormous sentence, not a ginormous one.

    September 22, 2009

  • The word means "impressively or remarkably big," and is used a lot by my kids (ages 11 and 7)and, I suspect, young people generally.

    September 19, 2009

  • Huge, very large; a contraction of "gigantic" and "enormous"

    July 14, 2009

  • gigantic and enormous

    July 5, 2009

  • Something that's ginormous is huge (gigantic, enormous). That's a ginormous bump he's got on his arm — that must really hurt!

    June 20, 2009

  • absurdly, comically large

    April 3, 2009

  • It amuses me when I hear people say it (usually it is the context that is funny). I have not become comfortable enough with it to speak it...perhaps in time, who knows. Call me stick-in-the-mud

    July 11, 2007

  • And yet I just can't warm up to this word.... :-)

    July 11, 2007

  • "Just two years after a majority of visitors to Merriam-Webster OnLine declared it to be their "Favorite Word (Not in the Dictionary)," the adjective "ginormous" (now officially defined as "extremely large: humongous"), has won a legitimate place in the 2007 copyright update of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition." (http://www.m-w.com/info/newwords07.htm)

    Two years? Lame. Especially given that M-W itself dates the word to 1948.

    July 11, 2007

  • A related term is gihugic.

    December 29, 2006

  • "Juan de Bedout, manager of the electric power and propulsion systems lab at G.E., said this was more important now because wind machines had grown from a few hundred kilowatts to 1.5 gigawatts, and his company was exploring machines four times bigger than that. “That’s ginormous,�? he said."
    - New York Times, 12/28/06, "It’s Free, Plentiful and Fickle"

    December 28, 2006