What does giant mean?

Definitions for giant
ˈdʒaɪ əntgi·ant

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word giant.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. giantnoun

    any creature of exceptional size

  2. colossus, behemoth, giant, heavyweight, titannoun

    a person of exceptional importance and reputation

  3. giantnoun

    an unusually large enterprise

    "Walton built a retail giant"

  4. giant, hulk, heavyweight, whalenoun

    a very large person; impressive in size or qualities

  5. giant, goliath, behemoth, monster, colossusnoun

    someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful

  6. giantnoun

    an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fairy tales

  7. giant star, giantadjective

    a very bright star of large diameter and low density (relative to the Sun)

  8. elephantine, gargantuan, giant, jumboadjective

    of great mass; huge and bulky

    "a jumbo jet"; "jumbo shrimp"


  1. giantnoun

    A mythical human of very great size

  2. giantnoun

    Specifically, any of the Gigantes, the race of giants in the Greek mythology.

  3. giantnoun

    A very tall person.

  4. giantnoun

    A tall species of a particular animal or plant.

  5. giantnoun

    A star that is considerably more luminous than a main sequence star of the same temperature (eg. red giant, blue giant).

  6. giantnoun

    An Ethernet packet that exceeds the medium's maximum packet size of 1,518 bytes.

  7. giantnoun

    A very large organisation.

    The retail giant is set to acquire two more struggling high-street chains.

  8. giantadjective

    Very large.

  9. Giantnoun

    A player on the team the San Francisco Giants.

  10. Giantnoun

    A player on the team the New York Giants.

  11. Etymology: From γίγας, geant, from geant, gaiant (Modern géant) from *,, from gigas, gigant-. Cognate to giga-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GIANTnoun

    A man of size above the ordinary rate of men; a man unnaturally large. It is observable, that the idea of a giant is always associated with pride, brutality, and wickedness.

    Etymology: geant, French; gigas, Latin.

    Now does he feel his axle
    Hang loose about him, like a giant ’s robe
    Upon a dwarfish thief. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Gates of monarchs
    Are arch’d so high that giants may jet through,
    And keep their impious turbands on, without
    Good-morrow to the sun. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Woman’s gentle brain
    Could not drop forth such giant rude invention;
    Such Ethiop words. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Fierce faces threat’ning wars,
    Giants of mighty bone, and bold emprise! John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    Those giants, those mighty men, and men of renown, far exceeded the proportion, nature, and strength of those giants remembered by Moses of his own time. Walter Raleigh, History.

    The giant brothers, in their camp, have found
    I was not forc’d with ease to quit my ground. John Dryden, Æn.

    By weary steps and slow
    The groping giant with a trunk of pine
    Explor’d his way. Addison.

    Neptune, by pray’r repentant, rarely won,
    Afflicts the chief t’ avenge his giant son,
    Great Polypheme, of more than mortal might. Alexander Pope.


  1. giant

    Giant (stylized as GIANT) was a men's magazine based in New York City geared to the urban music market. It began in October 2004 as a bimonthly publication catering to the interests of 20-something men, focusing on pop culture including reviews of video games, movies, fine tobacco, music, everyday happenings and celebrity interviews. In August 2006, the magazine had a makeover under new editor-in-chief Smokey Fontaine, formerly of the hip hop magazine America. Under his leadership, the magazine began to focus on music, lifestyle, and entertainment for the urban reader. Later, Emil Wilbekin served as the standing Editor-In-Chief. Covers included Beyoncé, Pharrell, Diddy, The Killers, Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, and Eve. The June/July issue offered two covers; one of R&B artist Robin Thicke and one of Rihanna. Chris Brown and Prince have also appeared on the cover. Along with the magazine, Giant's website serves as a blog for readers to get additional information on artists that have been featured in the magazine, as well as contests and giveaways. Radio One, the radio empire started by Cathy Hughes and now presided over by her son, Alfred Liggins, purchased the magazine in January 2007 for a reported $270,000. Giant was Radio One's first foray into the print media market. The magazine was closed in December 2009.


  1. giant

    A giant generally refers to something or someone remarkably or extraordinarily large in size, strength, power, influence, or capacity. Traditionally, giants have been depicted in mythology, legends, and fairy tales as beings of human appearance, but so colossal that they often incite fear or awe. The term can also extend to inanimate objects or abstract concepts to signify their enormity or grandeur.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Giantnoun

    a man of extraordinari bulk and stature

  2. Giantnoun

    a person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual

  3. Giantnoun

    any animal, plant, or thing, of extraordinary size or power

  4. Giantadjective

    like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son

  5. Etymology: [OE. giant, geant, geaunt, OF. jaiant, geant, F. gant, L. gigas, fr. Gr. , , from the root of E. gender, genesis. See Gender, and cf. Gigantic.]


  1. Giant

    The mythology and legends of many different cultures include monsters of human appearance but prodigious size and strength. "Giant" is the English word commonly used for such beings, derived from one of the most famed examples: the gigantes of Greek mythology. In various Indo-European mythologies, gigantic peoples are featured as primeval creatures associated with chaos and the wild nature, and they are frequently in conflict with the gods, be they Olympian, Nartian, Hindu or Norse. There are also accounts of giants in the Old Testament, most famously Goliath. Attributed to them are extraordinary strength and physical proportions. Fairy tales such as Jack the Giant Killer have formed our modern perception of giants as stupid and violent monsters, sometimes said to eat humans, especially children. The ogre in Jack and the Beanstalk is often described as a giant. However, in some more recent portrayals, like those of Roald Dahl, some giants are both intelligent and friendly, as in Gulliver's Travels.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Giant

    jī′ant, n. an individual whose stature and bulk exceed those of his species or race generally: a person of extraordinary powers:—fem. Gī′antess.adj. gigantic.—ns. Gī′antism, Gī′antship, the quality or character of a giant.—adj. Gī′antly, giant-like.—n. Gī′ant-pow′der, a kind of dynamite.—adj. Gī′ant-rude (Shak.), enormously rude or uncivil.—n. Gī′antry, giants collectively. [O. Fr. geant (Fr. géant)—L.,—Gr. gigas, gigantos.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GIANT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Giant is ranked #139228 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Giant surname appeared 120 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Giant.

    78.3% or 94 total occurrences were White.
    15% or 18 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'giant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4770

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'giant' in Nouns Frequency: #2150

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'giant' in Adjectives Frequency: #655

Anagrams for giant »

  1. anti-g

  2. tangi

  3. tiang

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of giant in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of giant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of giant in a Sentence

  1. Wayne's World:

    Wayne Tell me, when the first show is over, will you still love me when I'm an incredibly humungoid giant star Cassandra Yeah. Wayne Will you still love me when I'm in my hanging-out-with-Ravi-Shankar phase Cassandra Yeah. Wayne Will you still love me when I'm in my carbohydrate, sequined-jumpsuit, young-girls-in-white-cotton-panties, waking-up-in-a-pool-of-your-own-vomit, bloated-purple-dead-on-a-toilet phase Cassandra Yeah. Wayne Okay, party. Bonus.

  2. Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan:

    Michelle (Obama) had said that the giant panda exemplifies the common bond between China and the United States, that's a lot of responsibility for a cute animal like the giant panda… Well, I agree with her very much.

  3. David Eggleston:

    We are finding amazing biological communities around the seeps, ranging from giant mussels that can be 100 to 200 years old or older, to giant tube worms that can be hundreds of years old as well, to a very strange-looking creature called a Chimeara, which is a distant cousin of sharks and rays.

  4. Robert Burton:

    A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself.

  5. Carrie Fisher:

    She's a prisoner of a giant testicle who has a lot of saliva going on and she does not want to wear that thing and it's ultimately that chain, which you're now indicating is some sort of accessory to SM, that is used to kill the giant saliva testicle, that's asinine.

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