General English

  • adjective very large


  • adjective excellent. This sense of the word probably arose from its use in the music and film industries in such formulations as ‘massive hit’, extended to ‘this band are going to be massive’.
  • noun a group, clique or gang. The vogue term, heard since the end of the 1990s and popularised by the comedian Ali G among others, may be in origin an elaborated form of mass, or influenced by massive in the sense of overwhelming, impressive, etc.