An enormous stack of pancakes.
The definition of enormous is something that is bigger than the usual size.
An example of enormous is a pumpkin the size of a car.
- very much exceeding the usual size, number, or degree; of great size; huge; vast; immense
- Archaic very wicked; outrageous
Origin of enormousMiddle English enormyouse from Classical Latin enormis (see enormity) + -ous
- a. Very great in size, extent, or amount.b. Very great in scope or import: enormous influence.
- Archaic Very wicked; heinous.
Origin of enormousFrom Latin ēnormis unusual, huge, monstrous ē-, ex- ex- norma norm ; see gnō- in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, from Middle English enormious from Latin ēnormis
enormous immense huge gigantic colossal mammoth tremendous stupendous gargantuan vast
These adjectives describe what is extraordinarily large. Enormous suggests a marked excess beyond the norm in size, amount, or degree: an enormous boulder. Immense refers to boundless or immeasurable size or extent: immense pleasure. Huge especially implies greatness of size or capacity: a huge success. Gigantic refers to size likened to that of a giant: a gigantic redwood tree. Colossal suggests a hugeness that elicits awe or taxes belief: a colossal ancient temple. Mammoth is applied to something of unwieldy hugeness: “mammoth stone figures in . . . buckled eighteenth-century pumps, the very soles of which seem mountainously tall” (Cynthia Ozick). Tremendous suggests awe-inspiring or fearsome size: ate a tremendous meal. Stupendous implies size that astounds or defies description: “The whole thing was a stupendous, incomprehensible farce” (W. Somerset Maugham). Gargantuan especially stresses greatness of capacity, as for food or pleasure: a gargantuan appetite. Vast refers to greatness of extent, size, area, or scope: “Of creatures, how few vast as the whale” (Herman Melville).
(comparative more enormous, superlative most enormous)
- Extremely large; greatly exceeding the common size, extent, etc.
From Latin ēnormis.