Here I'll use it in a sentence:

"It took people a while to get used to his tremendous personality"

What does that mean?


The use of

tremendous personality

is slightly ambiguous.

It could mean the person is very outgoing, gregarious, loud, and will speak to or socialise with anyone.

It can also mean they have a really, really, nice character with a big heart, very generous, very considerate, always helpful: an exceptional personality.

He's a great guy, really tremendous.

Though in the case of charity, it might usually be characterised as having a tremendous heart.

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  • Are you assuming that only the colloquial meaning of tremendous is aooropriate? – JavaLatte Mar 11 '16 at 4:48

Well the definition of 'tremendous' is:

Very great in amount, scale, or intensity.

So they probably mean he has a very extreme personality. (Not calm, talks and acts in extremes, often times reckless.)

Or they could also mean that he has a large personality, which has a very similar meaning.

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  • Does the definition depend on where you're from? – leeand00 Mar 10 '16 at 16:20
  • Is that definition of "tremendous" quoted from somewhere? It would be good to have attribution and quote formatting if so. – Nathan Tuggy Mar 10 '16 at 20:24
  • yeah, if you google that word then the definition comes up. – Sam Harrington Mar 10 '16 at 21:23
  • and that definition does not depend on where you are from. – Sam Harrington Mar 10 '16 at 21:24

The definition in the Concise Oxford Dictionary is

Awe-inspiring, fearful, overpowering, (colloq.) remarkable, considerable, excellent

So the expression "tremendous personality" could mean (informally) that he is a great guy, or it could be a euphemism meaning that he is very strong-willed.

I doubt that it would "take people a while to get used to" a great guy, so I suspect that the latter might be the intended meaning.

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