super

1 of 4

adjective

su·​per ˈsü-pər How to pronounce super (audio)
1
a
: 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

2 of 4

noun

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

super

3 of 4

adverb

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

super-

4 of 4

prefix

1
a(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
2
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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
Simon Goe, and his business Ocean Star International, gave more than $300k to Liberty Champions, a super PAC that attacked Evan McMullin in Utah’s 2022 midterm elections. Emily Anderson Stern, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Nov. 2022 Her re-election effort got a boost from the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC run by allies of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), which spent more than $6 million to oppose Ms. Tshibaka. Lindsay Wise, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2022 The spending disparity is also driven by an early investment from Senate Majority PAC, the main Democratic super PAC involved in Senate races. Bridget Bowman, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2022 For Freedoms was started in 2016 as an antipartisan super PAC; since then, the group has worked with more than a thousand artists, including Carrie Mae Weems, Ai Weiwei, Marilyn Minter, and David Byrne, on civic-minded art projects. Adam Iscoe, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 Instead, neither the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee nor the House Majority PAC, the super PAC affiliated with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, spent money on broadcast television in the pricey Los Angeles market. Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 The team is now funded by the Senate Leadership Fund, the leading super PAC for Senate Republicans. Maya King, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Nov. 2022 Questions about the governor's long-term political ambitions are resurfacing given the recent launch of a super PAC by DeSantis' allies to back his potential presidential run, ABC News' Soorin Kim reports. ABC News, 17 Nov. 2022 Thomas, the head of the Ron to the Rescue PAC, predicted that while DeSantis attempts to stay out of the fray, if he is attacked, the super PAC will respond. Mary Ellen Klas Miami Herald (tns), al, 16 Nov. 2022
Noun
By accessing Twitter's cybernetic super-intelligence, White Swan figured is finding clues to help diagnose early onset Alzheimer's in children, as it was all based on real-life, personal experiences. Steve King, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 Despite Ensler’s win, the Democrats put no dent in the Republican super-majority in the House. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 9 Nov. 2022 The professor carries Trigo, or what remains of him, on his chest in a baby carrier called a Björn, which is not standard-issue equipment for super-agents. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2022 If this happens, the number of bots could decrease, and the new system would simply act as a quasi-tax upon Twitter super-users who want their content elevated. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 2 Nov. 2022 Set to last until 2025, it was forecast to raise £5 billion, equivalent to about $5.8 billion, in the following 12 months and included a super-deduction for up to 91% tax relief on local investment. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2022 Is a dog a super-salve for her winter blues, though? Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Nov. 2022 Apple and Spotify should stop streaming West’s music, and other companies should also stop doing business with him, wrote Emanuel, an entertainment industry super-agent. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 27 Oct. 2022 A month later, Flores Elortegui spent about $14,000 at Oregon stores buying several guns, including a .50-caliber rifle, several AK-47 type rifles and a .38-caliber super pistol. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, 27 Oct. 2022
Adverb
There are now 150 nations that have pledged to cut emissions of the super-powerful greenhouse gas 30% by the end of the decade. Time, 20 Nov. 2022 The wide mouth and super-tight magnet strip make this one of YETI’s easiest coolers yet to load and unload too. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 18 Nov. 2022 Glitter and pearls combine into a super-sparkling liquid eyeshadow. ELLE, 18 Nov. 2022 These top picks are delicious and super-satisfying to keep you full until lunchtime. Stefani Sassos, M.s., R.d.n., C.s.o., C.d.n., Good Housekeeping, 16 Nov. 2022 The Dev Kit under the previous developer offering for Arm Windows, the super-slow ECS LIVA QC710. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 15 Nov. 2022 The silhouette is flattering thanks to a high elastic waistband and super-flared bottoms, which celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence have been wearing as of late. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2022 The first step is super-cooling the liquid oxygen fuel lines to prepare for the cold fuel to come. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, 15 Nov. 2022 Here are 18 super-luxe gifts, ranging from $30 to $8,458 (at time of publication), to give to the fancy folks in your life this holiday season. Time, 14 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

super-

Adverb

super-

Prefix

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of super was in 1838

Dictionary Entries Near super

Cite this Entry

“Super.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/super. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

super 1 of 4

adjective

su·​per ˈsü-pər How to pronounce super (audio)
1
used as an overall term of approval
a super cook
2
: very large or powerful
a super atomic bomb
3
: showing the characteristics of its type to an extreme degree
super secrecy

super

2 of 4

noun

1
: an actor not listed with the regular cast
2

super

3 of 4

adverb

1
: very entry 2 sense 1, extremely
a super fast car
2
: to a degree exceeding the usual or normal
super critical

super-

4 of 4

prefix

1
a
: over and above : higher in quantity, quality, or degree than : more than
superfine
superhuman
b
: exceeding or so as to exceed what is usual or normal
supercool
c
: bigger, better, or more important than others of the same kind
superhighway
superstar
2
a
: situated or placed above, on, or at the top of
superimpose
b
: next above or higher
supertonic

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