prodigious

adjective
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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The 350-page collection traces the formation of the author’s ideas, the breadth of her interests and her prodigious gift for language. Bilal Qureshi, Washington Post, "Toni Morrison has kept the public at arm’s length. Now she’s letting people in on her terms.," 1 July 2019 As for Reyes, his most prodigious blast was a batting practice line drive that landed a quarter-way up the video board in left field. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hunter Renfroe, Franmil Reyes stating their HR derby cases," 28 June 2019 The book is packed with glossy photos of stomping dinosaurs, belly-flopping whales, colossal squid and even prodigious pumpkins. Riley Black, WSJ, "‘Nature’s Giants’ and ‘Superlative’ Review: Wild, Wilder, Wildest," 21 June 2019 Despite their prodigious appetites, Voyageurs’ wolves don’t appear to dent the park’s immense beaver population. Ben Goldfarb, National Geographic, "The secret lives of fish-eating, beaver-ambushing wolves of Minnesota," 21 June 2019 If the past few recruiting cycles are any indication, Spanish Fort has become a prodigious pipeline for the UAB football program. Evan Dudley, al.com, "How UAB’s connection to Spanish Fort helps recruiting," 19 June 2019 The verbally prodigious English writer John Lanchester is a case in point. The New York Review of Books, "Giles Harvey," 23 May 2019 The 35-year-old from Topeka, Kansas fulfilled the promise that has been bubbling for years, developing a short game and putting stroke to match his prodigious driving distances. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Gary Woodland: How a Special Olympics golfer inspired new US Open champion," 17 June 2019 Neville reportedly has been given free rein and prodigious budget to bring home a World Cup champion. Liz Clarke, courant.com, "The US World Cup team’s greatest challenge: rising European powers," 14 June 2019

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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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prodigious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of prodigious

formal
: amazing or wonderful : very impressive
: very big

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