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a gargantuan monster
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The adjective may have originated from a 16th century novel about a giant named Gargantua. The name has been re-used in many stories, computer games, and even for the name of a famous circus gorilla. (See the Wikipedia link for details.) Today, gargantuan may be used to describe anything that is very large, but it is an especially popular adjective when describing the size of some kind of monster.
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  • a gargantuan monster
  • a gargantuan task
  • After the guests had gone, father threw himself into a chair and gave vent to roars of Gargantuan laughter.
    Jack London  --  The Iron Heel
  • "It’s nice and heavy—perfect for you to beat the door down with your gargantuan soldier arms."
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order

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  • "I’m going to shoot that gorgeous gargantuan in the ear."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • It was gargantuan, a vertical city of shimmering, crystalline towers and bridges, chambers and turrets, domed ballrooms and long, endless hallways.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • ) The arms were not only Gargantuan and totally obedient and surprisingly quick, but they were also, and this is why he never worried, tireless.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • It was harder to find the grave than he had expected, even looking for it, but he found it—an ugly grave tipped at an odd angle, its stone topped by a headless, water-stained angel that had the appearance of a gargantuan fungus.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • His house is smaller than Trent’s but gargantuan by Drake standards."
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The gargantuan monster trying to crush people on the upper floors turned around and let out a roar.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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  • I start quoting, "A gargantuan sundae for enormous appetites only, featuring thirteen scoops, whipped cream, hot fudge—’
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • As I walked out of the latrine, I informed Mrs. Brown that according to my calculations the young lad, Prophet, did not possess a gargantuan pinky but a pinky of normal proportions.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The new order was in effect a clearing of the decks for action: the Birkenau facilities, gargantuan as they were, had certain ultimate limitations both spatial and thermal; with their absolute and uncontested priority in the lists of der Massenmord now, the Jews were tendered a sudden unaccustomed exclusivity.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The bottoms of both feet are covered by gargantuan yellow blisters.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • A gargantuan brown-shirted official informed the group that there was one lap to go.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Augustus and Isaac were sitting on the floor in gaming chairs shaped like lazy Ls, staring up at a gargantuan television.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • She is gargantuan—at least ten feet tall at the shoulder.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • They looked gargantuan on the surface of the tiny pupil’s desk.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Rising in the recess to his left, gargantuan from this vantage point, was the very thing that had brought him here.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But only slightly higher, at 19,000 feet, the ropes brought us to the base of a gargantuan, perilously balanced serac.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Reaching the main doors, she felt the same sense of excitement she always felt upon entering the gargantuan building.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • A gargantuan feat of popular democracy, the likes of which have since vanished from the culture.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • far as the hill-that-had-fallen-out-of-the-moon; his finger pointed to a strange outcrop of rock that rose like a gargantuan cairn out of the desert, a cairn the base of which was circled by a dark, never-moving shadow.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • After that, the atmosphere lightened considerably, for although neither Harry nor Ron had shown any inclination to go and feed giant grubs to a murderous, gargantuan spider, Hagrid seemed to take it for granted that they would have liked to have done and became his usual self once more.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • I felt gargantuan, my head almost brushing the ceiling, my arms dragging past Mrs. Bella to the pins on the floor.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • They do if a gargantuan error has been made.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • And by the time the rising sun iced the hanging glaciers of Masherbrum pale pink, like a gargantuan pastry dangling above them at breakfast time, Mortenson had agreed to shift the funds his board had approved for the doomed Khane school upside to this village whose headman had traveled so far downriver to educate himself.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Picket the gargantuan pharmco companies like Itex.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • They caught up with LuLing and her companion, who were seated on a bench in front of a display of bronze bells hung in two rows on a gargantuan frame, about twelve feet high and twenty-five feet long.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • The countryside was beautiful, to be sure, but the beauty was the result of gargantuan mountain ranges rising higher and standing out in sharper relief than the Rockies of the western United States.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Golding approached, fighting down the resonance of his huge bulk, which transmitted his will as through a gargantuan amplifier, and Nicole, still reluctant, yielded to his reiterated points: that the Margin was starting for Cannes immediately after dinner; that they could always pack in some caviare and champagne, even though they had dined; that in any case Dick was now on the phone, telling their chauffeur in Nice to drive their car back to Cannes and leave it in front of the Café…
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Even when sitting quietly in his chair, Elias Bram exuded a gargantuan presence.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • She pulled down a gargantuan brown and yellow Rugby shirt.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Max stood speechless in the doorway for several moments and gaped at the gargantuan space.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • There’s plenty of space for me and my gargantuan bags in the spaces between the cars.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • Brother, you’d be charmed if you could only see Him, and your glee would be …. gargantuan!
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Several students sat under the palms, tossing live fish to a pair of gargantuan seals that had dragged.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Even the friendliest English critics seem to be daunted by the gargantuan copiousness of American inventions in speech.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • We were playing some Christian school from downtown Birmingham, a team stocked with huge, gargantuan apemen with thick beards and a strong distaste for turning the other cheek.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • The gargantuan ship resembled a modified galleon, with brightly illuminated portholes lining its sides at irregular intervals and heights.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • His gargantuan master had fallen off into drunken sleep during the third game, his goblet slipping from his yellowed fingers to spill its contents on the carpet, but perhaps he would be pleased when he awakened.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • His off-the-rack gray suits were always just a little too big for him, though he himself was a big man, six-two or -three, two-twenty but light on his feet, and the effect when he moved toward you with his jacket unbuttoned was that of a gargantuan moth, gliding, fluttering a bit, completely silent.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • However, to the right of the gargantuan ornate living-room fireplace was an item that stood out like a decorator’s nightmare: a The second contradiction to the decor, and undoubtedly an affront to the memory of the elegant Romanovs, was a heavyset man in a rumpled uniform, open at the neck and stained with vestiges of recent meals.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • They were stopped at the gates by gargantuan Berber guards with scimitars and chased away.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Seated before a roast or a fowl, Gant began a heavy clangor on his steel and carving knife, distributing thereafter Gargantuan portions to each plate.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • One was a gargantuan man standing beside Duke Perrington, who seemed crafted of muscle and steel—and took pains to display it with his sleeveless armor.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • He was seemingly adrift in a sea of trees—gargantuan trees that appeared as though they’d been planted during a forgotten, primordial age.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • My duties most certainly do not include taking the guise of some gargantuan hag so that your depraved relations can paw at me.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • The yellow goop was a thickened form of phosphoroil, and as the waxy, pungent substance was applied to the shells, they began to give off a soft glow, like gargantuan fireflies.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • He was full of pungent and racy vulgarity: he had, more than any of the family, a Rabelaisian earthiness that surged in him with limitless energy, charging his tongue with unpremeditated comparisons, Gargantuan metaphors.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
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