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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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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And that has to be done while navigating all the prodigious challenges ahead. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 However impressive his income on and off the field, Ruth’s spending was prodigious. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘The Big Fella’ Review: American Hit Parade," 5 Oct. 2018 The company, which built a base of reportedly more than 3 million subscribers with a deal that let users watch a movie a day in theaters for under $10 a month, has been losing money at a prodigious rate. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "MoviePass is staffed by dogs now, apparently," 8 Nov. 2018 His prodigious scoring rate in the lower leagues saw him ascend rapidly up the football ladder, securing a move to Palace in 2013 after the Eagles were promoted to the Premier League., "Stoke City Linked With £10m Move for Newcastle Striker as Potters Prepare for Championship," 17 June 2018 More than a decade ago, the world’s most populous country started opening new theaters at a prodigious rate and began permitting the release of more and more American films. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Hollywood and the Limits of China's Box Office," 3 Apr. 2018 The updrafts Tuesday were prodigious, Eberwine said, with cloud tops reaching above 60,000 feet from New England to the Mason-Dixon line. Anthony R. Wood,, "That was a 'meteotsunami' that hit Jersey Shore during storm; it wasn't the first time," 16 May 2018 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

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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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