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



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



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

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


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


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

The arrangement was convenient — the super was always right there, at the push of a button. Farhad Manjoo, The Seattle Times, "Why you shouldn’t use Facebook to log in to other sites and apps," 2 Oct. 2018 His admission came after a super pointed conversation about love. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 9 Recap: Tears, Thailand, and Fantasy Suites," 23 July 2018 In the super early morning hours of Sunday (April 8), Drake was trending on Twitter. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Drake Bell Shares His Own Nude Pic and It's Everything You Dreamt It'd Be," 30 May 2018 Leftfielder Marwin Gonzalez has regressed after his excellent season as a super-utility guy in 2017. Jon Tayler,, "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,, "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,, "Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The Department of Homeland Security said sports stadiums are one of 12 terrorism targets, which is super uplifting. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Biometrics Believer Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO of Clear, on Never Needing ID Again," 11 Sep. 2018 The discovery, besides being super cool, could fill in the picture of what's happening around a black hole. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Blaze It: Far-Out High-Energy Neutrino Came From a Blazar," 12 July 2018 The offense was super-charged with the addition of Kendal Briles and Randy Clements to the coaching staff. Matt Murschel,, "Houston lands an influx of talent, No. 68 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 20 June 2018 The look is super easy to pull off and perfect for twirling! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Where You Can Buy All The Gorgeous Dresses From This Week's "Riverdale" Episode," 26 Oct. 2018 The master bedroom is wrapped in a fabric called Lu-Si from the Turkish company Tulu, and the daughter’s room is in a Pierre Frey safari print, which felt both sophisticated and super cheerful. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A New York Pied-à-terre Filled with Rich Colors, Layered Patterns and Upholstered Surfaces," 19 Oct. 2018 Which of these options is most popular and desirable has evolved over time and has been influenced by different design trends: 25 years ago, big whirlpool tubs were super popular, often paired with a smaller shower stall. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Tub Or Shower? Here's Which Bathroom Upgrade Is Actually Worthwhile," 3 Oct. 2018 Amazon’s got a one-day sale on PCs, components, and accessories, and there are some great discounts to be had on blazing-fast SSDs, super-lightweight Chromebooks, high-def monitors, and more. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Amazon's one-day PC sale offers deep discounts on Samsung 960 Pro SSDs and more," 28 Aug. 2018 But in a lot of of the world now, that’s not super necessary. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Bermuda Reverses Same-Sex Marriage Ban," 8 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of super

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: extremely good



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

: 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 \

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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