pro·​di·​gious | \ prə-ˈdi-jəs How to pronounce prodigious (audio) \

Definition of prodigious

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web That means building prodigious numbers of wind turbines, solar panels, and transmission lines, and rewiring the grid to both accept and distribute electrons. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Bungled Vaccine Rollout Is a Bad Omen," 4 Jan. 2021 This gives us a new perspective on the prodigious output of composers of that era: it was driven not just by creative juices but by the need to put food on the table. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Bubble, Bubble, but No Trouble (Yet)," 29 Dec. 2020 Born in Cameroon, Moukoko has represented Germany on the international stage with the Under-16s and Under-20s and is already being touted as one of European football's most prodigious talents. Matias Grez, CNN, "Borussia Dortmund teenager Youssoufa Moukoko could become youngest player in Bundesliga history," 20 Nov. 2020 The Knicks are a catastrophically corrupt traveling carnival, while Porzingis will likely spend the entirety of his prime competing for championships beside one of his generation’s most prodigious talents. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Looking back at the Kristaps Porzingis trade, and the disgust the results have brought Knicks fans," 7 Aug. 2020 In 2020, the company also continued with its prodigious fundraising—pulling down an additional $500 million in November. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SN9 rolls to the launch pad, SLS “wet dress” test ends early," 23 Dec. 2020 The holidays without him — a prodigious cook, lover of family games and terrific jokester — have been and will be difficult, Willie Matthews said. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, "Health care workers have sacrificed their lives fighting Covid. It's unclear how many have died.," 23 Dec. 2020 His paper vistas are as minimal and orderly as a Zen temple’s rock garden, yet — like such temple features — evoke a world that’s prodigious and unruly. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Up to his elbows in watery works and lustrous prints," 18 Dec. 2020 Jones’ overall output against a solid Southland program wasn’t prodigious or filled with highlights. Nick Moyle,, "Texas G Andrew Jones shows signs of breaking slump in win over Sam Houston State," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of prodigious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for prodigious

see prodigy

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16 Jan 2021

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“Prodigious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prodigious

: amazing or wonderful : very impressive
: very big

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