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adjective pro·di·gious \prə-ˈdi-jəs\

Simple Definition of prodigious

  • : amazing or wonderful : very impressive

  • : very big

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prodigious

  1. 1 a obsolete :  being an omen :  portentous b :  resembling or befitting a prodigy :  strange, unusual (see prodigy)

  2. 2 :  exciting amazement or wonder

  3. 3 :  extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree :  enormous

prodigiously

adverb

prodigiousness

noun

Examples of prodigious in a sentence

  1. Graceful afield and afoot in his youth, he bullied into a prodigious slugger in his final years. —Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 28 July 2003

  2. She had what was known in those days as a hollow leg, meaning she was able to drink prodigious amounts of liquor without getting drunk, or so she thought. —Vanity Fair, July 2000

  3. … Isaac [Newton] was allowed to resume at Grantham and go on to Cambridge, where … he was to remain for nearly thirty-five secluded, prodigious years. —John Updike, New Yorker, 30 Mar. 1998

  4. <stage magicians performing prodigious feats for rapt audiences>

  5. <a prodigious supply of canned food kept in the basement for emergencies>



Origin and Etymology of prodigious

(see prodigy)


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of prodigious

monstrous, prodigious, tremendous, stupendous mean extremely impressive. monstrous implies a departure from the normal (as in size, form, or character) and often carries suggestions of deformity, ugliness, or fabulousness <the monstrous waste of the project>. prodigious suggests a marvelousness exceeding belief, usually in something felt as going far beyond a previous maximum (as of goodness, greatness, intensity, or size) <made a prodigious effort and rolled the stone aside>. tremendous may imply a power to terrify or inspire awe <the tremendous roar of the cataract>. stupendous implies a power to stun or astound, usually because of size, numbers, complexity, or greatness beyond description <a stupendous volcanic eruption>.


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