prize


1prize

noun \ˈprīz\

Definition of PRIZE

1
:  something offered or striven for in competition or in contests of chance; also :  premium 1d
2
:  something exceptionally desirable
3
archaic :  a contest for a reward :  competition

Origin of PRIZE

Middle English pris prize, price — more at price
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PRIZE

2prize

adjective

: given as an award or prize

: winning a prize

: very good or impressive : deserving an award or prize

Full Definition of PRIZE

1
a :  awarded or worthy of a prize
b :  awarded as a prize
c :  entered for the sake of a prize <a prize drawing>
2
:  outstanding of a kind <raised prize hogs>

Examples of PRIZE

  1. Dad brought back his prize catch, a three-foot striped bass.
  2. I felt a prize fool for making such a stupid mistake.

First Known Use of PRIZE

1803

Related to PRIZE

Synonyms
A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], excellent, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched

3prize

transitive verb
prizedpriz·ing

Definition of PRIZE

1
:  to estimate the value of :  rate
2
:  to value highly :  esteem <a prized possession>

Origin of PRIZE

Middle English prisen, from Anglo-French priser, preiser to appraise, esteem, from Late Latin pretiare, from Latin pretium price, value — more at price
First Known Use: 14th century

4prize

noun

Definition of PRIZE

1
:  something taken by force, stratagem, or threat; especially :  property lawfully captured at sea in time of war
2
:  an act of capturing or taking; especially :  the wartime capture of a ship and its cargo at sea

Origin of PRIZE

Middle English prise, from Anglo-French, taking, seizure, from prendre to take, from Latin prehendere — more at get
First Known Use: 14th century

5prize

transitive verb
prizedpriz·ing

Definition of PRIZE

:  to press, force, or move with a lever :  pry

Origin of PRIZE

prize lever
First Known Use: 1686

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