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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
The 18th century French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck believed that characteristics acquired in life could be inherited by succeeding generations, imagining that the giraffe’s long neck was the result of generations of prodigious stretching.
Leaked financials from 2016 painted a picture of a company burning cash at a prodigious rate, with salary and benefits alone rivalling revenue.
This prodigious, impeccably maintained contraption has all the bells, whistles, horns and glockenspiels of the traditional organ — and it's painted in all the lysergic colors of the Day-Glo rainbow.
These vines happily and haphazardly clothe pergolas with their small, green fruits hanging—not always easily accessible nor in prodigious quantity—beneath the leaves.
The production, like all of West’s prodigious enterprises, is genre-resistant—a trunk of gooey soul samples, neon futurism, winking self-aggrandizement, with flashes of sincerity.
Also, the restaurant’s prodigious collection of dog photos soon will grow by three: her longhaired Chihuahua named Thor, a Jack Russell-pug mix called Tony, and a Jack Russell-border collie mix, Mickey.
The group instead supported Kopser, seeing his prodigious fundraising efforts and moderate message as offering the best chance to flip the seat from red to blue.
With so many customers getting their electricity elsewhere, the plant’s prodigious output soon will no longer be needed, according to the company.
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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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