super

adjective
su·​per | \ ˈsü-pər How to pronounce super (audio) \

Definition of super

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : of high grade or quality
b used as a generalized term of approval a super cook
2 : very large or powerful a super atomic bomb
3 : exhibiting the characteristics of its type to an extreme or excessive degree super secrecy

super

noun

Definition of super (Entry 2 of 4)

1 [ by shortening ]

a : supernumerary especially : a supernumerary actor
b : superintendent, supervisor especially : the superintendent of an apartment building
2 [ short for obsolete superhive ] : a removable upper story of a beehive
3 [ 1super ] : a superfine grade or extra large size
4 [ origin unknown ] : a thin loosely woven open-meshed starched cotton fabric used especially for reinforcing books

super

adverb

Definition of super (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : very, extremely a super fast car
2 : to an excessive degree

super-

prefix

Definition of super- (Entry 4 of 4)

1a(1) : over and above : higher in quantity, quality, or degree than : more than superhuman
(2) : in addition : extra supertax
b(1) : exceeding or so as to exceed a norm superheat
(2) : in or to an extreme or excessive degree or intensity supersubtle
c : surpassing all or most others of its kind superhighway
2a : situated or placed above, on, or at the top of superlunary specifically : situated on the dorsal side of
b : next above or higher supertonic
3 : having the (specified) ingredient present in a large or unusually large proportion superphosphate
4 : constituting a more inclusive category than that specified superfamily
5 : superior in status, title, or position superpower

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Synonyms & Antonyms for super

Synonyms: Adjective

astronomical (also astronomic), Brobdingnagian, bumper, colossal, cosmic (also cosmical), cyclopean, elephantine, enormous, galactic, gargantuan, giant, gigantesque, gigantic, grand, herculean, heroic (also heroical), Himalayan, huge, humongous (also humungous), immense, jumbo, king-size (or king-sized), leviathan, mammoth, massive, mega, mighty, monster, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, oceanic, pharaonic, planetary, prodigious, super-duper, supersize, supersized, titanic, tremendous, vast, vasty, walloping, whacking, whopping

Synonyms: Adverb

achingly, almighty, archly, awful, awfully, badly, beastly, blisteringly, bone, colossally, corking, cracking, damn, damned, dang, deadly, desperately, eminently, enormously, especially, ever, exceedingly (also exceeding), extra, extremely, fabulously, fantastically, far, fiercely, filthy, frightfully, full, greatly, heavily, highly, hugely, immensely, incredibly, intensely, jolly, majorly, mightily, mighty, monstrous [chiefly dialect], mortally, most, much, particularly, passing, rattling, real, really, right, roaring, roaringly, seriously, severely, so, sore, sorely, spanking, specially, stinking, such, supremely, surpassingly, terribly, that, thumping, too, unco, uncommonly, vastly, very, vitally, way, whacking, wicked, wildly

Antonyms: Adjective

bantam, bitty, diminutive, infinitesimal, Lilliputian, little bitty, micro, microminiature, microscopic (also microscopical), midget, miniature, minuscule, minute, pocket, pygmy, teensy, teensy-weensy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, wee

Antonyms: Adverb

little, negligibly, nominally, slightly, somewhat

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Examples of super in a Sentence

Adjective

We had a super time. “Yes, I'd love to come.” “Super! I'll see you later.”

Adverb

my computer is super slow this morning
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Hundreds of wannabe contestants lined up at Waterfront Park early Wednesday morning with the hopes of becoming a super star. Rachel Aretakis, The Courier-Journal, "Wannabe 'American Idols' descended upon Louisville. Here's what happened," 30 Aug. 2017 Those cores are kept at super-cold temperatures and in special containers to keep them well-preserved. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Chilly Look at America's Frozen Ice Laboratory," 24 Aug. 2017 After a tearful goodbye with his mom, the 18-year-old moved into his new school in New York City, with the help of his super-proud dad. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "David Beckham Bringing Brooklyn to College Is the Sweetest Thing You'll See Today," 24 Aug. 2017 Already, the constituyente has left Venezuela increasingly isolated in the region as governments -- from Canada to Chile -- have denounced the super body or refused to recognize altogether. Andrew Rosati, Bloomberg.com, "Venezuela's Legislative Super Body Grabs Congress's Powers," 18 Aug. 2017 Maybe this will come into play as part of the super Game of Thrones theory. Matt Miller, Esquire, "Game of Thrones Fans Noticed Jon Snow Has a Powerful Ally He Hasn't Used Yet," 18 Aug. 2017 The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC with close ties to McConnell, has pledged up to $10 million in support of Strange, including through the crucial period between the primary and the runoff. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Alabama Senate Primary Tests Trump’s Clout — and McConnell’s," 15 Aug. 2017 In some respects, the super-PAC has become the biggest player in the special election outside of the candidates themselves. John Sharp, AL.com, "Alabama Senate race on Tuesday draws national attention but what will we learn from it?," 13 Aug. 2017 Along with super random periods, other signs of PCOS are excess facial hair growth and acne. Beth Anne Macaluso, Redbook, "What Your Period Says About Your Health As You Get Older," 9 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Say hello to Erik, who — surprise! — is actually a super himself, and a character with a history in Marvel comics. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Jessica Jones' New Season 3 Guy, Erik, Comes With Shady Comic Book History," 15 June 2019 Of the 48 homes listed for sale on StreetEasy on March 22, the lowest asking price was $275,000 for a studio on Bennett Avenue in a co-op building with a laundry room and a live-in super. Aileen Jacobson, New York Times, "Hudson Heights: A Hidden Gem, Gaining Popularity," 28 Mar. 2018 Reid, our love interest, is the one who is actual super in tune with his emotions and wants more out of Millie, our other main love interest, to be more vocal about her desires and her fears. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "#ReadWithMC Reviews Christina Lauren's 'My Favorite Half-Night Stand'," 1 Feb. 2019 Frankie Faison plays Ron Davis, the super of the apartment building who also happens to own a jazz club nearby called Smalls. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Cast of 'The Village' Will Apparently Make You Cry Even Harder Than 'This Is Us'," 19 Mar. 2019 In short, the supers can teach us a lot about making a fashion statement at even the most over-the-top and crowded soiree this season. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "7 Ways to Do New Year’s Eve Like a ’90s Supermodel," 28 Dec. 2018 And because a contemporary super is nothing without some signatures, Hadid finished the look with gold hoops and two sets of slim sunglasses, one worn slung through her belt loop. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Only Bella Hadid Can Pull Off Crop Top Abs This Extreme," 30 Apr. 2018 We've been graced with supermodel runway appearances from Naomi, Kate, Cindy, Carla, and Claudia in the last couple years, but one super who's notably remained off the runway? Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Christy Turlington Just Walked the Runway For The First Time Since the '90s," 14 Feb. 2019 At yesterday’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show, all eyes were on the celestial cast of angel-winged supers storming the runway. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Takes Her Victoria’s Secret Runway Makeup to the Streets Like a Pro," 9 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

And Salamander makes that super easy to do thanks to complimentary car service. Essence, "The Only Black-Owned 5-Star Resort In The U.S. Is Perfect For Your Grown AF Bachelorette Party," 18 June 2019 His mother, Monica Echavarría Modak, is a super talented architect, interior designer, and furniture designer with truly exceptional taste. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Inside Snowe’s Takeover of the Millennial Luxury Home Goods Market," 13 June 2019 Ensure extra crispy skin in this super easy 30 minute dinner by starting the chicken skin side down in a cold pan. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Crispy Mustard Chicken with Spring Potato Salad," 29 Apr. 2019 The three of us and our other partner, Pamela Bell, would constantly shift between being silly and pranking each other, and being super serious. Elyce Arons, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Spade's Best Friend Pens Essay on Their Special Bond and Honoring Her Legacy at Frances Valentine," 5 June 2019 My peers were wealthy white kids – jocks and cheerleaders – and I felt super alienated. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Zoë Kravitz Reveals She Battled An Eating Disorder At 13," 4 June 2019 And with the regional championship, the Cardinals clinched their eighth NCAA super regional appearance in program history and will host for the fifth time in the last six years. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville, East Carolina shared drama in NCAA regional round, meet in NCAA Super Regional," 4 June 2019 The brand is super committed to sustainability, so all of its packaging is eco-friendly. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "AmorePacific's Primera Skin-Care Brand Is Launching at Sephora This Summer," 21 May 2019 But tucked into the bold design are several super-clever decor tricks. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Genius Trick to Hang Art Without a Frame," 16 May 2019

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First Known Use of super

Adjective

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for super

Adjective

super-

Adverb

super-

Prefix

Latin, over, above, in addition, from super over, above, on top of — more at over

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super

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of super

 (Entry 1 of 3)

informal : extremely good

super

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of super (Entry 2 of 3)

US, informal : very or extremely

super-

prefix

English Language Learners Definition of super- (Entry 3 of 3)

: bigger, better, or more important than others of the same kind
: superior in position or rank

super

adjective
su·​per | \ ˈsü-pər How to pronounce super (audio) \

Kids Definition of super

1 : very great super strength
2 : very good Mrs. Haver said we did a super job.— Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

super-

prefix

Kids Definition of super-

1 : more than superhuman
2 : extremely : very

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