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I'm looking for a comical word that has a meaning like big, humongous, etc. but nothing inappropriate that would contain swear words.

For example, I could say:

Whoa! That's a ______ spider!

Slangs are acceptable, but not necessary. I'm looking for a word that might make a reader giggle at the type of adjective used to describe it.

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    ginormous or humongous come to mind. – Matt Nov 13 '13 at 5:53
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    You might say whopping. It sounds a bit quaint/old-fashioned to my ears, and might have a funny(ish) effect because of that. Definitely family-friendly. – user13141 Nov 14 '13 at 0:14
  • @onomatomaniak you should post it as a suggestion. That's a whopper does sound amusing. I like it! – Mari-Lou A Nov 14 '13 at 10:19
  • Fans of The Lord of the Rings would understand the reference if you called it Shelobistic. In California surfer/stoner talk, the term might be mondo. – Sven Yargs Nov 18 '13 at 2:45
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A gigantical spider

Gigantical is made up, it should be gigantic. However, if you are aiming towards a humorous tone, (you did say you wanted your reader to giggle) try playing around with words.

  • A spundacular spider (inspired by spun, the past tense of spin)
  • The enormousness of a spider (enormity)
  • A mammothal spider (mammoth)
  • A grandioso spider (grandiose = impressive)
  • A super-mega spider (mega = big)
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    Excellent suggestions, except for enormousness, which I think most speakers would interpret as a noun and ungrammatical in this context. I would suggest something like enormorundo instead to fit with the spirit of the other suggestions. – Bradd Szonye Nov 14 '13 at 1:52
  • @BraddSzonye I was about to say "I like your enormorundo", when I realized it might sound rude. I'll make an edit to emphasize that ungrammatical mistake which I think adds to the humour. Saying "enormousness" sounds funny, and a bit of a tongue twister, which kids especially love. – Mari-Lou A Nov 14 '13 at 8:55
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I can think of a few:

  • brobdingnagian
  • ginormous
  • gargantuan
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I have heard people come up with the terms "elephantocious", "huge-mongous", "big-a-licious", "bignormous" and the cracker was "krakendous"

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One way is to use something contextual. Lets say, you actually wanted to use this adjective o descibe a spider. Imagining one with a giant torso,

Thats one giant haystack of a spider!

Sorry, I'm not really that witty. But i hope you got the idea :)

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