adjective pro·di·gious \ prə-ˈdi-jəs \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of prodigious

1 a obsolete : being an omen : portentous
b : resembling or befitting a prodigy : strange, unusual
2 : causing amazement or wonder
3 : extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree : enormous





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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 VerducciSports Illustrated28 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 FairJuly 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 UpdikeNew Yorker30 Mar. 1998
  4. stage magicians performing prodigious feats for rapt audiences

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

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Origin and Etymology of prodigious

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

PRODIGIOUS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of prodigious for English Language Learners

  • : amazing or wonderful : very impressive

  • : very big

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