It’s humongous


It’s very large (enormous)

TRANSLATION

humongous = enorm, gigantisch, riesig

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“CERN’s Large Hadron Collider produces a HUMONGOUS amount of data every second and today they are working on a European grid infrastructure pushing this out so that researchers in real time can see the data pulsing round the globe.”

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know?

humongous
adjective

- if you describe something or someone as humongous, you are emphasizing that they are very large or important

COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary


ORIGIN

Humongous is a chiefly American expression that surfaced in the 1960s. While there is no official etymology for this expression, we can obtain a few clues by dissecting it:

- hu = huge
- mon = monster, monstrous
- ous = enormous

Thus one explanation is that humongous is simply a BLEND of parts of several other words. In this case, they all have a similar meaning. 

BLENDING has been a common word-creation practice in English for many years. Some relatively new blends are:

- emoticon = (emotion, icon)
- infotainment = (information, entertainment)
- permaculture = (permanence, agriculture) - the concept of sustainable farming and gardening
- freegan = (free, vegan) - a person who believes it is wrong to throw away food when millions of people around the world are hungry. For this reason, they only eat food they can get for free and which would usually have been thrown out as waste

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SYNONYMS for humongous

- huge, colossal, elephantine, gargantuan, gigantic, immense, jumbo, mammoth, monstrous, prodigious, titanic


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