mammoth [mam-uh th] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for mammoth on noun

  1. any large, elephantlike mammal of the extinct genus Mammuthus, from the Pleistocene Epoch, having hairy skin and ridged molar teeth.


  1. immensely large; huge; enormous: a mammoth organization.

Origin of mammoth 1690–1700; Russian mam(m)ot (now mámont), first used in reference to remains of the animal found in Siberia; origin uncertainSynonyms for mammoth See more synonyms for on 2. See gigantic. Related Words for mammoth enormous, colossal, monstrous, vast, large, immense, monumental, massive, prodigious, gigantic, gargantuan, high, giant, leviathan, elephantine, jumbo, long, mighty, mountainous, stupendous Examples from the Web for mammoth Contemporary Examples of mammoth

  • And then when you want something satisfying, splash out a few dollars for a mammoth cupcake.

    The Cupcake Boom’s Sugar High Finally Crashes

    Daniel Gross

    July 8, 2014

  • It was absolutely mammoth—a mammoth task—and one that took an awful lot of preparation.

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    Marlow Stern

    June 16, 2014

  • The fact that a mammoth celebrity felt so threatened by the mere implication of male-on-male intimacy is undeniably interesting.

    An Analysis of Vitalii Sediuk’s Pranks (He’s the Guy Who Touched Brad Pitt)

    Amy Zimmerman

    May 29, 2014

  • Mammoth locals did not wait to be asked by a president or a Veterans Affairs Administration official to act.

    Homefront Veterans: Skiing With Wounded Warriors

    John Kael Weston

    February 17, 2014

  • Kathy Copeland, an energetic Vermont native, arrived in Mammoth in the early 1970s and never left.

    Homefront Veterans: Skiing With Wounded Warriors

    John Kael Weston

    February 17, 2014

  • Historical Examples of mammoth

  • The dessert was on the table before Clarence had done with the mammoth.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • He managed to get one corner of his mouth from behind that mammoth hand.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • It was time that made him mammoth, and it would not, could not, hurry. Collection

    Daniel Errico

  • He had been trying to hide behind the chair a mammoth basket of fruit.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

  • Jerry struggled with a mammoth boulder,—Winslow leaping to his aid.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930


  • British Dictionary definitions for mammoth mammoth noun

    1. any large extinct elephant of the Pleistocene genus Mammuthus (or Elephas), such as M. primigenius (woolly mammoth), having a hairy coat and long curved tusks


    1. of gigantic size or importance

    Word Origin for mammoth C18: from Russian mamot, from Tatar mamont, perhaps from mamma earth, because of a belief that the animal made burrows Word Origin and History for mammoth n.

    1706, from Russian mammot’, probably from Ostyak, a Finno-Ugric language of northern Russia (cf. Finnish maa “earth”). Because the remains were dug from the earth, the animal was believed to root like a mole. As an adjective, “gigantic,” from 1802; in this sense “the word appears to be originally American” [Thornton, “American Glossary”], and its first uses are in derogatory accounts to the cheese wheel, more than 4 feet in diameter, sent to President Jefferson by the ladies of the Baptist congregation in Cheshire, Mass., as a present, engraved with the motto “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” Federalist editors mocked the affair, and called up the word mammoth (known from Peale’s exhibition) to characterize it.

    mammoth in Science mammoth [măm′əth]

    1. Any of various extinct elephants of the genus Mammuthus, having long, upwardly curving tusks and thick hair. Mammoths grew to great size and lived throughout the Northern Hemisphere during the Ice Age.
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