super

adjective
su·​per | \ˈsü-pər \

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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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
See More

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

Leftfielder Marwin Gonzalez has regressed after his excellent season as a super-utility guy in 2017. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Houston Astros Are Only Getting Better," 19 June 2018 The Pentagon has asked Congress to approve money for a new super-max prison unit to be designed with the understanding that prisoners will grow old and frail in custody, some perhaps still without being convicted of a crime. Ben Fox, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. military plans as if Guantanamo won't close for decades," 7 June 2018 Simply put: Kate Moss is a modern, living icon. See the super's 40 most iconic fashion looks in our edit here. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "40 Reasons to Love Kate Moss," 16 Jan. 2014 And the Pentagon has asked Congress to approve money for a new super-max prison unit to be designed with the understanding that prisoners will grow old and frail in custody — some perhaps still without being convicted of a crime. Ben Fox, Fox News, "US military plans as if Guantanamo won't close for decades," 7 June 2018 Most years, the Democratic super-majority in both chambers can — and does — override any vetoes lawmakers think are amiss, ensuring the spending or policy change becomes law. Joshua Miller And Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay," 12 July 2018 Or Open Division, which is what California has, moving the best of the best into a state championship super bracket. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Analysis: Five things the Arizona Interscholastic Association needs to get done," 3 July 2018 Makeup artist Patrick Ta shared a behind-the-scenes capture of the super's latest look, which took its cues from her vivid, bubble gum-colored evening dress. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Rules the Beach in the Riskiest Neon Makeup Shade Yet," 2 July 2018 Most of the principals are from the original production in Canada, but the volunteer chorus and supers (extras) are made up of many Cincinnati natives. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Roli also has a keyboard and these other trigger pads... their stuff is super cool. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s In Your Bag, Michael Brun?," 6 July 2018 And this is part of their geometry class — that’s super cool. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "'These kids are the best': Glenbrook South students design, build walls at Habitat for Humanity home in Waukegan," 3 May 2018 Every so often, particles within the corona get super heated and shoot out from the Sun in what’s known as solar wind. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The NASA spacecraft that will journey to the Sun just got its super deluxe heat shield," 8 July 2018 Nut Milk Homemade Pistachio Milk is super easy to make, thanks to the help of a high-powered blender. Amy Gorin, NBC News, "10 non-smoothie recipes you can make in your blender," 25 June 2018 The Florida tour is super important, actually more important than the national tour. Ben Crandell, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Road to Change Florida gets rolling with hugs and snow cones in Parkland," 22 June 2018 Humor is super important to try and open up dialogue, and sacred cows are always the funniest. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'Arrested Development' cast on Season 5, harassment and how they (maybe) inspired Trump," 25 May 2018 Then there’s the fact that the window for proper neural-tube formation is super early on in pregnancy: Neural tube defects develop only 21 to 28 days after conception. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Do I Really Need to Take Prenatal Vitamins Before I’m Even Pregnant?," 19 Apr. 2018 This super-tender melange of ground beef and wild mushroom burst with deep, rich flavor, enhanced by a portobello Madeira wine sauce. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Stanford Kitchen a welcome addition to Owings Mills dining scene," 5 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'super.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about super

Dictionary Entries near super

supawn

supchgr

supe

super

super-

superability

superable

Statistics for super

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for super

The first known use of super was in 1838

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for super

super

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of super

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: extremely good

super

adverb

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

: 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 \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on super

What made you want to look up super? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

full of whispering sounds

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!