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



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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The weapon’s raw speed is designed to give defenders less time to react, and many hypersonic weapon flight profiles are currently invulnerable to regular surface-to-air missiles—but only when the missile is operating at a super-fast speed. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 Aug. 2022 Covid certainly accelerated that trend as nursing homes became super-spreader sites in the early months of 2020. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 The former High School Musical star and her musician fiancé French kept it super-secret when they wed Sept. 8, 2014 in front of family and friends, including HSM costar and bestie Vanessa Hudgens. People Staff, Peoplemag, 9 Aug. 2022 Makeup artist Thom Walker created a super-straight cat-eye that pulled straight out instead of up in order to give the retro look a modern twist. Emily Rekstis, Allure, 8 Aug. 2022 Williams, 40, immediately moved ahead, 4-0, in the super-tiebreak. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 8 Aug. 2022 But the super-rapid rise is topping out, and that should show through in the CPI next year. Erin Prater, Fortune, 7 Aug. 2022 Examples of selfishness and greed and super-competitive behavior, dishonesty. Joshua Rothkopf,, 6 Aug. 2022 Or just being a super-Earth that orbits a red dwarf. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 5 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the Democrats in the Ohio legislature had no way to mount resistance: since 2012, the Republicans have had a veto-proof super-majority in both chambers. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2022 Additionally, Jennings will host the upcoming Tournament of Champions, which is highly anticipated this year because an unusual number of super-champions will compete, including Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, and Mattea Roach. Jeopardy! Brendan Morrow, The Week, 30 July 2022 Together, the league of super-pets sets off to rescue Superman. Serena Puang,, 28 July 2022 The film seems to be saying: Why would a motley crew of super-pets — or, for that matter, the Justice League — be anything but light and cheeky and, at times, ridiculous? Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 26 July 2022 The squash purée makes the texture of this vegan dip super-silky, and its natural sweetness complements the smoky paprika and cumin beautifully. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 The latter plays an old friend of Reeves' super-assassin, who shares a history and many of the same enemies with Wick. Clark Collis,, 21 July 2022 So, when Marvel Comics dropped a Terrigen Bomb on the world during the event Infinity, thousands of new super-being emerged, including Kamala Khan. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 July 2022 Full-height super foam midsole makes the ride bouncier and more cushioned, but with a less stable stance. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 17 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb My skin is super sensitive (and oily, and acne-prone), so almost everything irritates it and inevitably breaks me out. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 10 Aug. 2022 Your backyard isn’t super risky though, especially if your lawn is trimmed and there’s full sunlight. Cindy Kuzma, SELF, 10 Aug. 2022 These super sweet and humorous badges can be given to someone special celebrating an achievement of your choice. Jamie Kravitz, Woman's Day, 10 Aug. 2022 Being super durable, plastic never rotted or broke down. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 10 Aug. 2022 Plus, this dress is super affordable — with prices as little as $15 — so don't wait to grab it before summer is over. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 9 Aug. 2022 These variants are still getting lots of people super sick. Wired, 7 Aug. 2022 Tempe's first gourmet Korean concept, Zu & Pocha is super ambitious and all over the place. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2022 Yeah, his emotions got super high over the last week, especially after the Veto meeting. Dalton Ross,, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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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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