super

adjective
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

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

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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

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

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

Reid, our love interest, is the one who is actual super in tune with his emotions and wants more out of Millie, our other main love interest, to be more vocal about her desires and her fears. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "#ReadWithMC Reviews Christina Lauren's 'My Favorite Half-Night Stand'," 1 Feb. 2019 Frankie Faison plays Ron Davis, the super of the apartment building who also happens to own a jazz club nearby called Smalls. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Cast of 'The Village' Will Apparently Make You Cry Even Harder Than 'This Is Us'," 19 Mar. 2019 In short, the supers can teach us a lot about making a fashion statement at even the most over-the-top and crowded soiree this season. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "7 Ways to Do New Year’s Eve Like a ’90s Supermodel," 28 Dec. 2018 And because a contemporary super is nothing without some signatures, Hadid finished the look with gold hoops and two sets of slim sunglasses, one worn slung through her belt loop. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Only Bella Hadid Can Pull Off Crop Top Abs This Extreme," 30 Apr. 2018 We've been graced with supermodel runway appearances from Naomi, Kate, Cindy, Carla, and Claudia in the last couple years, but one super who's notably remained off the runway? Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Christy Turlington Just Walked the Runway For The First Time Since the '90s," 14 Feb. 2019 At yesterday’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show, all eyes were on the celestial cast of angel-winged supers storming the runway. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Takes Her Victoria’s Secret Runway Makeup to the Streets Like a Pro," 9 Nov. 2018 The opera, which originally cost $3.2 million to produce, consists of eight principal singers, 51 chorus members, 20 supers, two children, 234 costumes and 64 orchestral musicians. 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

That would include her BFF and stylist Jessica Mulroney, with whom Meghan is super close. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Looking for a Family Home in California?," 5 May 2019 Two of America’s super-carriers, the USS Forrestal and the class’ namesake, USS Nimitz, had entered into what Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had illegally declared his nation’s territorial waters. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F-14 Tomcat Is Such a Badass Plane," 3 May 2019 Most maisons have been super friendly and open to the idea. Vogue, "Fredrik “Mystery Man” Robertsson Camps It Up Ahead of the Met Gala," 22 Apr. 2019 Conveniently, Amazon is also discounting the super popular games from $60 down to $50 (and even lower). Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Walmart's Nintendo Switch Bundle Is Back. This Time With a USB-C Accessory in Tow.," 18 Apr. 2019 Removing little bits of gunk from your teeth is super important. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Is a Water Flosser and Should You Be Using One?," 26 Feb. 2019 The launch has been super buzzy, but some people on social media weren’t happy with what Thorne put out. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Bella Thorne Is Getting Backlash Over Her New Makeup Brand Filthy Fangs," 13 Aug. 2018 The exact details of any real spying Will got to do aren't super clear, but Kensington Palace did give a basic breakdown of Will's three weeks as an agent, which included work with at least three different agencies. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William Reveals He's Gone Undercover with UK Spy Agencies," 7 Apr. 2019 The Bissell Pet Stain Eraser is a super easy-to-use (and compact!) carpet stain remover as well as a dry and wet vac. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Carpet Cleaners to Buy in 2019," 15 Jan. 2019

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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

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super

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of super

 (Entry 1 of 3)

informal : extremely good

super

adverb

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

US, informal : 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 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

super-

prefix

Kids Definition of super-

1 : more than superhuman
2 : extremely : very

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