This word is mostly unusual to use in speaking, so here my question.

Magnum comes from 1788 in English as "large wine-bottle," usually containing two quarts. As the name of a powerful type of handgun, registered 1935 by Smith & Wesson Inc., of Springfield, Massachusetts. Magnum opus "masterpiece, a person's greatest work," is literally "great work"

  • Do any dictionary example sentences match this suggested interchangeability with 'big'? ... What do you suspect? – Edwin Ashworth Aug 28 at 14:55
  • Please could you provide an example sentence so we know the context? – marcellothearcane Aug 28 at 16:00
  • I thought it was an ice cream. – David Aug 28 at 19:17
  • @David fun fact: I know the person who invented the ice cream magnum. Unfortunately not the champagne magnum too. :( – marcellothearcane Aug 29 at 12:38
  • Great (in great work) does not mean big. And magnum is not used as a normal word on its own either. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Aug 29 at 15:30

No, it isn't a commonly used word in English. I think that you could use it if you were exaggerating something in a comical sense, though. Eg. Magnum dong.

  • How is the poster or anyone else to know whether you are right or not? Please read the help on answering questions. – David Aug 28 at 19:16
  • I see. Thanks for the feedback! – Bhavika Khare Aug 29 at 23:35

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