giant vs heavyweight what difference

what is difference between giant and heavyweight

English

Alternative forms

  • giaunt (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English geaunt, geant, from Old French geant, gaiant (Modern French géant) from Vulgar Latin *gagās, gagant-, from Latin gigās, gigant-, from Ancient Greek γίγας (gígas, giant) Cognate to giga- (1,000,000,000).

Displaced native Middle English eten, ettin (from Old English ēoten), and Middle English eont (from Old English ent).

Compare Modern English ent (giant tree-man) and Old English þyrs (giant, monster, demon).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒaɪ.ənt/
    • (dialectal, nonstandard) IPA(key): /ˈdʒaɪnt/
  • Rhymes: -aɪənt
  • Hyphenation: gi‧ant

Noun

giant (plural giants)

  1. A mythical human of very great size.
  2. (mythology) Specifically:
    1. Any of the gigantes, the race of giants in the Greek mythology.
    2. A jotun.
  3. A very tall and large person.
  4. A tall species of a particular animal or plant.
  5. (astronomy) A star that is considerably more luminous than a main sequence star of the same temperature (e.g. red giant, blue giant).
  6. (computing) An Ethernet packet that exceeds the medium’s maximum packet size of 1,518 bytes.
  7. A very large organisation.
  8. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.
    • 1988, Thomas Dolby, “Airhead”:
      she’s not the intellectual giant
  9. (gymnastics) A maneuver involving a full rotation around an axis while fully extended.

Synonyms

See also: Thesaurus:giant

Derived terms

  • Giant’s Causeway

Translations

Adjective

giant (not comparable)

  1. Very large.

Synonyms

  • colossal, enormous, gigantic, immense, prodigious, vast
  • See also Thesaurus:gigantic

Antonyms

  • dwarf
  • midget

Derived terms

Translations

Anagrams

  • Ngāti, TA’ing, TAing, Taing, anti-g, tagin, tangi, tiang, tinga


English

Etymology

heavy +‎ weight

Noun

heavyweight (plural heavyweights)

  1. A very large, heavy, or impressive person.
    • 2011 Allen Gregory, “Pilot” (season 1, episode 1):
      Allen Gregory DeLongpre: Who’s he?
      Patrick: He’s only the most popular kid in school.
      Allen Gregory: Ah, the two heavyweights finally meet. Sure you’re tired of all the buzz. Allen Gregory DeLongpre.
      Joel Zadak: Joel…Zadak!
  2. (uncountable) The professional boxing weight class for boxers weighing more than 190 pounds; a boxer in that division.
  3. (uncountable) A similar division and contestant in other sports.

Derived terms

  • junior heavyweight
  • light heavyweight
  • non-heavyweight, nonheavyweight
  • superheavyweight

Translations

Adjective

heavyweight (not comparable)

  1. Of the heavyweight boxing (or similar) division.
  2. Being relatively heavy.
  3. Being a leader in one’s field.
  4. Important or impressive.

See also

  • lightweight
  • midweight

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