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Examples of prodigious in a Sentence
- Graceful afield and afoot in his youth, he bullied into a prodigious slugger in his final years. —Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 28 July 2003
- 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
- … 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
stage magicians performing prodigious feats for rapt audiences
a prodigious supply of canned food kept in the basement for emergencies
Recent Examples of prodigious from the Web
Northwestern’s pristine, prodigious $270 million Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center had as much to do with swaying Johnson as Fitzgerald’s experience coaching Johnson’s brother, Cole, a walk-on receiver from 2013-16.
And America’s thanks for its seven decades of watchfulness and its prodigious expenditure of blood and treasure?
Memphis brass, blinded by his prodigious size and athletic ability, overlooked Thabeet’s severely raw offensive game and occasional lack of focus.
The first was in the Sicilian town of Taormina in the late 1970s, when I was introduced to the prodigious variety of eggplant dishes.
But since peaking in September 2017, the shares have slumped by more than 20 percent, as concern has grown about ongoing production problems for the Model 3, and the prodigious amount of cash the company is burning through.
The two-day Eaux Claires is younger, weirder and more intimate than the prodigious Big Gig.
Unfortunately, her prodigious effort has resulted in little more than a repugnant showcase for her acting talents that few viewers will be able to stomach for the duration of its running time.
Celebrated as a pyrotechnic writer of short fiction, screenplays, comic books and criticism, Mr Ellison was as prodigious a source of anecdote, vendetta and litigation.
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astronomical (also astronomic), bumper, colossal, cosmic (also cosmical), elephantine, enormous, galactic, gargantuan, giant, gigantic, grand, herculean, heroic (also heroical), huge, humongous (also humungous), immense, jumbo, king-size (or king-sized), leviathan, mammoth, massive, mega, mighty, monster, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, oceanic, planetary, super, supersize, supersized, titanic, tremendous, vast, vasty, walloping, whacking, whopping;
bantam, bitty, diminutive, infinitesimal, little bitty, micro, microminiature, microscopic (also microscopical), midget, miniature, minuscule, minute, pocket, pygmy, teensy, teensy-weensy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, wee;
big, bulky, considerable, extensive, good, goodly, great, gross, handsome, hefty, hulking, largish, major, outsize (also outsized), overgrown, oversize (or oversized), sizable (or sizeable), substantial, tidy, voluminous;
Synonym Discussion of prodigious
- the monstrous waste of the project
- made a prodigious effort and rolled the stone aside
- the tremendous roar of the cataract
- a stupendous volcanic eruption
PRODIGIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prodigious for English Language Learners
: amazing or wonderful : very impressive
: very big
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