pro·di·gious | \prə-ˈdi-jəs \

Definition of prodigious 

1a 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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Other Words from prodigious

prodigiously adverb
prodigiousness noun

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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

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
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In the 1960s the Royal College of Art produced a remarkable crop of painters, including the Ohio transplant R.B. Kitaj and the prodigal, prodigious David Hockney. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘Modernists & Mavericks’ Review: Art That Felt Like Reality," 15 June 2018 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — which takes place 19 years after J.K. Rowling’s final book and is based on a story by the author, director John Tiffany, and playwright Jack Thorne — is similarly prodigious. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018 But the play feels very much alive anyway, thanks to Morisseau's prodigious gifts for language and creating small moments that register with significant emotional impact. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Paradise Blue': Theater Review," 15 May 2018 Image Bobbie Louise Hawkins, a prodigious Beat Generation poet and novelist whose work reverberated with her hardscrabble Texas childhood and her belated liberation from an overbearing husband, died on May 4 at her home in Boulder, Colo. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Beat Poet and Author, Dies at 87," 18 May 2018 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. David Haugh,, "QB transfer Hunter Johnson could push Northwestern toward sustained elite success," 12 June 2018 And America’s thanks for its seven decades of watchfulness and its prodigious expenditure of blood and treasure? Tony Abbott, WSJ, "An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump," 13 July 2018 Memphis brass, blinded by his prodigious size and athletic ability, overlooked Thabeet’s severely raw offensive game and occasional lack of focus. San Antonio Express-News, "The Bamba Project is still in early stages," 11 July 2018 The first was in the Sicilian town of Taormina in the late 1970s, when I was introduced to the prodigious variety of eggplant dishes. Evan Kleiman,, "Cucina Italiana: The joy of eggplant. Try making a timbale," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of prodigious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for prodigious

see prodigy

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English Language Learners Definition of prodigious

: amazing or wonderful : very impressive

: very big

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