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Blend of gigantic +‎ enormous, originally 1940s military slang.[1]



ginormous (comparative more ginormous, superlative most ginormous)

  1. (informal) Very large.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:large
    • 1986, Ron Friedman, The Transformers: The Movie, spoken by Jazz:
      This is Jazz, a ginormous weird looking planet just showed up in the suburbs of Cybertron.
    • 1999, Gabrielle Charbonnet, Adventure at Walt Disney World: A Disney Girls Super Special, Disney Press, →ISBN, page 20:
      Walt Disney World is ginormous. Even after you’re on the property, you have to drive about fifteen minutes to get to different places.
    • 2019, Green Bank Observatory, Most massive neutron star ever detected, almost too massive to exist:
      “Neutron stars are as mysterious as they are fascinating. These city-sized objects are essentially ginormous atomic nuclei.”

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  1. ^ Adam Gorlick (2007 July 10) “New Dictionary Includes 'Ginormous'”, in Washington Post[1], archived from the original on 2011-08-14:Merriam-Webster traces ginormous back to 1948, when it appeared in a British dictionary of military slang.

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