adjective tre·men·dous \tri-ˈmen-dəs\

: very large or great

: very good or excellent

Full Definition of TREMENDOUS

:  being such as may excite trembling or arouse dread, awe, or terror
a :  notable by reason of extreme size, power, greatness, or excellence <tremendous problems> <a writer of tremendous talent> —often used as a generalized term of approval <had a tremendous time>
b :  unusually large :  huge <a tremendous number of people>
tre·men·dous·ly adverb
tre·men·dous·ness noun

Examples of TREMENDOUS

  1. He has a tremendous amount of energy.
  2. The engine's power is tremendous.
  3. She is a writer of tremendous talent.
  4. We had a tremendous time.


Latin tremendus, from gerundive of tremere
First Known Use: 1632

Synonym Discussion of TREMENDOUS

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>.

Rhymes with TREMENDOUS

TREMENDOUS Defined for Kids


adjective tre·men·dous \tri-ˈmen-dəs\

Definition of TREMENDOUS for Kids

:  astonishingly large, strong, or great <The boy has a tremendous appetite.>
:  very good or excellent <We had a tremendous time.>
tre·men·dous·ly adverb


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