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 That hits harder than the fight scenes, which lean toward standard fare (other than the occasional bullet popping out of a character’s head during the super-duper healing process). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: An immortal Charlize Theron walks tall and carries a sweet ax in Netflix's run-of-the-mill 'The Old Guard'," 4 July 2020 Plastic is standard for most blenders, and the most expensive models are made using BPA-free Tritan plastic, a super-durable, shatter-proof and lightweight material that comes with a long lifespan. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best blenders of 2020," 3 July 2020 In a late-February comeback against the Miami Heat, Bickerstaff unveiled a super-sized frontcourt that featured Nance at small forward -- Cleveland’s thinnest position. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Larry Nance Jr. morphs into modern big, solidifies himself as core piece of future: Cleveland Cavaliers Season Review," 3 July 2020 There's also no need to go straight to super-low pressure (like, 10 psi) right away. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "How to Drive on the Beach," 3 July 2020 Up until now, astronomers have primarily observed hot Jupiters or much smaller super-Earths in such tight orbits, and nothing has populated what’s known as the hot-Neptune desert. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Bizarre new planet is largest known rocky world, 40 times as massive as Earth," 1 July 2020 For example, The Butterfly Company sells a single, super-rare Morpho cypris from Columbia for $1,200. René A. Guzman,, "Butterflies lives are short, but they can be preserved for decades in works of art," 30 June 2020 Brooklinen super-plush 100% Turkish cotton towels, robes and rugs are extra thick for spa-like comfort. oregonlive, "Spruce up, organize your bathroom for a better start to your morning," 28 June 2020 But for super-sized companies like Alibaba, with a market cap of $603 billion in the U.S., privatization would be a more cumbersome strategy since the firm would likely have to announce a buyback scheme. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "The U.S. clampdown on Chinese companies is an unexpected windfall for Hong Kong," 26 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The coronavirus, of course, throws a rather large monkey-wrench into the timing of this super-cycle. Adam Seessel, Fortune, "Valuation: How a 1990s crisis poised this aerospace stock for a great run in the 2020s," 25 June 2020 This is on top of a $1.6 million buy announced in April by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC with close ties to the GOP House leadership. John Wildermuth,, "GOP pouring money into a California Democratic House seat to try to flip it," 23 June 2020 The Evenstads donated $50,000 each to a pro-Trump super PAC in 2016, according to the American Association of Wine Economists. The News Register, oregonlive, "Domaine Serene Winery donation boosts diversity in Linfield wine studies program," 18 June 2020 Batman, Wonder Woman and their DC super-friends are swinging in to save the summer from a season devoid of pop-culture conventions. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "No Comic-Con, no problem: DC to hold its own superhero-filled virtual pop-culture convention in August," 17 June 2020 So my super’s trying to find somebody who will walk me to a park nearby or to the supermarket, that kind of thing. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Man accused of knocking 92-year-old woman to ground in NYC has been arrested over 100 times since 2005," 17 June 2020 Undeniably, the most versatile summer dress out there is an easy swing dress that’s long enough to keep our gams out of the sun and super flattering for day and night alike. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Amazon's Top-Selling Summer Swing Dress Is the Comfiest Thing We've Seen All Day," 16 June 2020 As of right now, S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't disclosed the year in which the titular super-spies cross paths with Sousa. Chancellor Agard,, "Agent Carter star Enver Gjokaj reacts to Peggy and Steve's Endgame ending," 10 June 2020 In recent weeks, a fellow super at a nearby building died of the virus. Julie Satow, New York Times, "Lobby Heroes of the Lockdown," 15 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Here's how it's done: Vinton whips up her version of the Tokyo Sunset super quickly by putting ice in a shaker and adding all the liquor, before adding four ounces of pineapple Juice and shaking it up. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Copy Disney Park's Tokyo Sunset Cocktail at Home in Four Easy Steps Thanks to TikTok," 4 July 2020 And besides being fast and well-designed, the Escalade is also super luxurious. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Futuristic Superyacht Has Its Own Movie Theater and a Glass-bottom Tub," 4 July 2020 Beyond that, the high tech that seems super cool when it's introduced is yester tech a few years later. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Looking to Buy or Lease? A Word of Advice," 3 July 2020 The glowup whitening kit was super simple to put together and use. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Personalize your teeth whitening experience with this $49.99 at-home kit," 3 July 2020 Not to mention, the top is made from a super soft leather, which doesn’t rub against your skin or annoyingly cause blisters. Rebecca Shinners,, "These Merrell Sandals Are the Most Comfortable Slides I’ve Ever Worn," 3 July 2020 Down $12 from its usual $29.95, this mount had a large, sticky suction cup that worked super well in testing, a high-quality, sturdy construction and phone-clamping jaws, which kept our mobile device firmly in place while driving. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday," 1 July 2020 Fascism didn’t work out so hot, the features of communism weren't super great, and socialism was meh. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Chamath Palihapitiya wants to be the Warren Buffett of tech investing," 26 June 2020 If the fog is super thick, plants won’t get as much light. Matt Simon, Wired, "Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming," 23 June 2020

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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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The first known use of super was in 1838

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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Super.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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