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 Two of England’s other super-clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, are confident of making their own pushes for the top four after disappointing campaigns last year. Jon Marthaler, Star Tribune, "With Premier League cast, new season brings a bit of everything," 11 Sep. 2020 So, Bayleigh goes to talk to Christmas about why she was put up, and Christmas is in tears, super-emotional about the whole thing. Kyle Fowle,, "Big Brother recap: Tensions rise in the house as Tyler makes a HUGE decision," 10 Sep. 2020 The phones are expected to be compatible with the new, super-fast 5G networks being introduced by the wireless carriers. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Apple to reveal new iPhones on Sept. 15," 9 Sep. 2020 Everything is really heightened and super-sensitive. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Why Billy Porter Takes Breaks From the News," 7 Sep. 2020 Redirecting the public conversation to the team hunting down the super-terrorist puts the heroes on a collision course with The Boys. Rosie Knight,, "R29 Binge Club: The Boys Season 2 Recap," 7 Sep. 2020 In the opener, Paddy, Freddie and Chris head on a summer holiday in super-cheap, secondhand convertibles. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of Sept. 6-12," 5 Sep. 2020 That’s especially true, economists say, when the government’s borrowing costs are super-low and investors still seem eager to buy its debt as fast as the Treasury issues it. Paul Wiseman, Anchorage Daily News, "US debt will soon exceed size of entire economy," 5 Sep. 2020 The cast is co-led by the priceless Josh Charles as Emma’s super-supportive husband, Matt. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: New on Netflix, soapy drama with ‘Away’ and meat worship from ‘Chef’s Table: BBQ’," 4 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If the required super-majority of Falklanders (say, 80 percent) voted in favor of Argentine rule, the United Kingdom would peacefully transfer administration of the islands to the Argentine government. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of August 17," 21 Aug. 2020 Kennedy's father, former Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy II, invested $2.8 million in leftover campaign funds in a pro-Kennedy super PAC. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Joe Kennedy III defends family name amid bitter Democratic Massachusetts Senate primary," 18 Aug. 2020 In a House race that is fast becoming one of the nastiest in the country, a Republican super PAC is betting on Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel who accuses incumbent Democrat Harley Rouda of politicizing the pandemic. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: August 11-12," 17 Aug. 2020 The Texas Tribune reported Engage Texas, a Republican super PAC focused on voter registration in the Lone Star State, shut down because of challenges brought on by the pandemic. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "U.S. voter registration plummets during coronavirus pandemic, challenging both parties," 17 May 2016 That will be a hard sell for the president, said Steve Schale, the director of United The Country, a pro-Biden super PAC targeting voters in upper Midwest states which propelled Trump to victory in 2016. USA TODAY, "'It's Trump vs. not-Trump:' After conventions, Biden looks to excite his base while Trump tries to expand his," 1 Sep. 2020 Especially when compared to waiting for a super-fight and the much bigger payday this late in Miocic’s career. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Is Stipe Miocic vs. Jon Jones inevitable?," 28 Aug. 2020 If the required super-majority of Falklanders (say, 80 percent) voted in favor of Argentine rule, the United Kingdom would peacefully transfer administration of the islands to the Argentine government. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of August 17," 21 Aug. 2020 Leinster actually speculates about super-phones of some kind that have functions beyond mere calls. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "When cell phones were a “hot new industry”," 20 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The revolution in cooler technology has resulted in coolers that are super-efficient for the long haul, but that increase in long-term cooling can come at the expense of interior space. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Day Cooler," 15 Sep. 2020 The super-spreading nature of the coronavirus is stretching the abilities of universities to quarantine students and halt the virus' progress, leading to drastic consequences. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "'Astonishingly risky': COVID cases at colleges are fueling the nation's hottest outbreaks," 12 Sep. 2020 There’s also no 5G, the super-fast new wireless technology that carriers are slowly rolling out across the country and included in most new phones this year. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Review of the Microsoft Surface Duo folding phone: Very pretty but just how useful is it?," 10 Sep. 2020 These super-moisturizing drops are just as effective as the brand’s standard version but with a simpler formula that’s ideal for reactive eyes., "The 15 Best Eye and Lip Care Products of 2020, According to Health Editors," 10 Sep. 2020 The songs for the new season also highlight some of the ridiculousness that’s happening among the titular Boys, along with the super-powered Seven. Rachel Paige,, "The Boys Season 2 Soundtrack Is Brought To You By The Letter B (For Billy Joel)," 7 Sep. 2020 The main camera array includes three individual modules, including a typical wide-angle, a super-wide angle, and a telephoto lens. Popular Science, "Small upgrades could make for big improvements in Samsung’s latest folding smartphone," 2 Sep. 2020 But instead, Wheatcroft wore a Wayband on his wrist -- a device that uses super-precise GPS to direct the wearer with small vibrations. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, "Wearable tech helps this blind runner compete in ultramarathons," 2 Sep. 2020 The Orioles will wear commemorative 2,131 jersey patches on Sunday as well, and digital replicas of the 2,131 banners will be super-imposed onto the Warehouse during MASN’s broadcast of the game. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles announce plans for Sunday’s 25th anniversary celebration of Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2,131st consecutive game," 2 Sep. 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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16 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Super.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce super- (audio)

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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