Adjective "elephantine" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of, resembling, or characteristic of an elephant or elephants, especially in being large, clumsy, or awkward.
  1. 'He picked up and in an explosion of bursting muscles, face brimming with pain and desire, he lifted the entire world above his head, flung down the weight and performed an elephantine jig of celebration.'
  2. 'Soon enough, the cream will rise to the top and our elephantine popularity contest will have proven itself once again as both as defining and as completely irrelevant as freshman yearbook pictures.'
  3. 'His examples are ‘the geometry of a young Japanese woman walking down a Parisian street or a Dutchman made to feel clumsy, elephantine, in a traditional Japanese house or inn.’'
  4. 'As much mud in the streets, as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, 40 feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill.'
  5. 'The members and trustees wish to create a new Guinness record with the themes, ‘Forging ahead with elephantine strength’ and ‘Lighting lonely lives.’'
  6. 'He hasn't changed that recommendation, even though it's still unclear if the oilfields of Lake Albert really are of elephantine proportions.'
  7. 'Nothing else can explain the wealthy male's love of the ridiculous, elephantine Humvee 4WD military truck, now the preferred vehicle not only of Hollywood stars, but of Premiership footballers.'
  8. 'Though the size of the new card remains the same as the previous ones, the 32 Kilobytes Subscriber Identity Module card is said to have an elephantine memory in addition to its several genie-like features.'
  9. 'And although I've always loved caladiums for their cool elephantine leaves, I resent their invasion in my view.'
  10. 'In keeping with recent elephantine overruns that render the Space Station Alpha a useless floating boondoggle in the sky, each NASA shuttle launch costs over $400 million.'


1. pertaining to or resembling an elephant.

2. huge, ponderous, or clumsy: elephantine movements; elephantine humor.

More examples(as adjective)

"islands can be elephantine."

"willies can be elephantine."

"wheels can be elephantine."

"trunks can be elephantine."

"treads can be elephantine."

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Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek elephantinos, from elephas, elephant- ‘elephant’.