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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
Mandel, who has a reputation as a prodigious fundraiser, has been raising money for months, and has a grassroots campaign organization with chairs in all 88 Ohio counties.
Athletes in those events eat prodigious amounts and often still lose weight because their bodies burn more than 5,000 calories a day.
Armah joked that might help explain a little bit of his prodigious size, and his eyes grew huge when describing a typical meal his parents would prepare: Southern tradition, with a twist.
Because of the dams along its course, the river no longer carries its prodigious load of sediment to the sea — the building material of the Louisiana coast.
Unlike a lot of electronica, Tipsy's prodigious sampling never sounds burdened by the complexities of the machines.
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Origin and Etymology of prodigious
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of prodigious
PRODIGIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prodigious for English Language Learners
: amazing or wonderful : very impressive
: very big
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