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

Rhymes with TREMENDOUS


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