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prodigious

adjective pro·di·gious \prə-ˈdi-jəs\

: amazing or wonderful : very impressive

: very big

Full Definition of PRODIGIOUS

1
a obsolete :  being an omen :  portentous
b :  resembling or befitting a prodigy :  strange, unusual (see prodigy)
2
:  exciting amazement or wonder
3
:  extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree :  enormous
pro·di·gious·ly adverb
pro·di·gious·ness noun

Examples of PRODIGIOUS

  1. <stage magicians performing prodigious feats for rapt audiences>
  2. <a prodigious supply of canned food kept in the basement for emergencies>
  3. Graceful afield and afoot in his youth, he bullied into a prodigious slugger in his final years. —Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 28 July 2003

Origin 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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