• (British) IPA: /ˈmæs.ɪv/


  1. Of or pertaining to a large mass; weighty, heavy, or bulky.
    A massive comet or asteroid appears to have ended the era of the dinosaurs.
  2. Much larger than normal.
    Compared to its counterparts from World War II, the Abrams main battle tank is truly massive.
  3. Of great significance or import; overwhelming.
    The enlightenment comprises massive shifts in many areas of Western thought.
  4. (mineralogy) Not exhibiting crystal form.
  5. Of particularly exceptional quality or value; awesome.
    Did you see Colbert last night? He was massive!
  6. (colloquial, informal, Ireland) outstanding, beautiful
    Your dress is massive, love. Where did you get it?
  7. (informal) To a very great extent; total, utter.
    • 2007, Christine Conrad, Mademoiselle Benoir (page 171)
      Notwithstanding Catherine's assurances, I was apprehensive about meeting Denys, worried that I would come off as a massive idiot […]
  8. (physics) (of a particle) Possessing mass.
    Some bosons are massive while others are massless.
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  • Russian: масси́вный

massive (plural massives)

  1. (mineralogy) A homogeneous mass of rock, not layered and without an obvious crystal structure.
    karst massives in western Georgia
  2. (MLE, slang) A group of people from a locality, or sharing a collective aim, interest, etc.
    Big up to the Croydon massive!

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