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 approvala 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



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 [super entry 1] : a superfine grade or extra large size
4 [origin unknown] : a thin loosely woven open-meshed starched cotton fabric used especially for reinforcing books



Definition of super (Entry 3 of 4)

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



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

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

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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,, "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,, "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 That flipped six council seats, handing a super-majority to the Democrats. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "'Worst day': Republicans say failed Merritt campaign handed election to Hogsett, Democrats," 1 Dec. 2019 The anti-Republican wave brought in a Democratic super-majority of 5-1 on the council. Don Stacom,, "After Zoppo-Sassu’s win in Bristol, a recount will determine if she gets an all-Democratic council," 6 Nov. 2019 There was a building in Sunnyside, Queens, where the super had an assistant who did odd jobs and lived rent-free in the basement. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "‘I Know the Struggle’: Why a Pizza Mogul Left Pies at Memorials to 4 Homeless Men," 11 Oct. 2019 Gigi Hadid, who put the super in supermodel, saved the day by apprehending the hat-wearing lady at the end of the podium. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Viard’s debut at Chanel ready-to-wear is crashed by comedian," 1 Oct. 2019 The photographer was behind some of Harper's BAZAAR's most iconic images as well—from the '90s supers shot as angels to striking monochromatic portraits and cinematic imagery. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Peter Lindbergh, Legendary Fashion Photographer, Dies at 74," 4 Sep. 2019 The super stepped out on the pink carpet with her usual shoulder-skimming style switched for a shellacked coiffure, chic enough to seamlessly subvert all the extra above-neck moments. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Reveals a Radical New Pixie Cut at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Spain, which had been in economic chaos before the war, never recovered and after four centuries of world influence, the war ended Spain’s role as a super-power. Kevin Dayhoff,, "Dayhoff: Happy birthday to the Marines and Carroll County’s role in the history of the corps," 11 Nov. 2019 Because women who display the quality of ambition tend to be perceived as uncaring, women have to perform extra-super-levels of niceness with a cherry on top in order to be acknowledged as such. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Can nice women get ahead at work?," 19 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Jerome Pesenti: Moderating automatically, or even with humans and computers working together, at the scale of Facebook is a super challenging problem. Wired, "Facebook's Head of AI Says the Field Will Soon ‘Hit the Wall’," 4 Dec. 2019 The pop power couple were clearly super excited to get their nomination, which also counts as the third nomination for each of them, under Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Had the Cutest Reactions to Their Grammy Nominations Together," 21 Nov. 2019 The projected total of 45.5 is going to be super close. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Texas A&M at Georgia odds, picks and best bets," 21 Nov. 2019 By the end of my first month I had been drawn into countless debates about the merits of super-powerful artificial intelligence. The Economist, "In the modern commune, a case of beer is not welcome," 8 Nov. 2019 With some of the Hollywood events, everyone is super careful and cautious. Washington Post, "Anna Wintour turns teacher, job coach in online MasterClass," 27 Sep. 2019 Speaking for myself, shifting from milk in coffee to oat milk in coffee is super easy. Kate Wheeling, The New Republic, "Jonathan Safran Foer on Our Moral Obligation to Eat Better," 17 Sep. 2019 The connection between El Niño and snow in the mountains here in Colorado is not super strong anyway. John Meyer, The Know, "Sorry, skiers, but we’re probably not going to have another epic snow year," 12 Sep. 2019 Through two weeks, a status report on the defending champions goes like this: Trevor Lawrence: Still super. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "College Football Playoff projection: Clemson, followed by SEC's LSU, Alabama, Georgia," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of super


1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for super






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

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“Super.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of super

 (Entry 1 of 3)

informal : extremely good



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

US, informal : very or extremely



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


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



Kids Definition of super-

1 : more than superhuman
2 : extremely : very

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