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

This allowed Styles to hit a super-Styles Clash for the win. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "Brock Lesnar cashes in at ‘Extreme Rules’ to become Universal Champion again," 15 July 2019 Josh VanMeter, at the very least, needs to be examined as a super-utility guy. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: The Curse of Max Montoya is alive and well for the Cincinnati Bengals," 24 July 2019 With the drafting of James Worthy, the Lakers had a new super trio built around Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Dan Loumena, latimes.com, "Comparing Clippers’ and Lakers’ new squads to super teams of the past," 6 July 2019 Mantis shrimp have a super tough armor made of an impact-resistant microstructure. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Five Scientific Findings That Could Lead to New Inventions," 13 July 2019 Meanwhile, Rojas has thrived as a super-utility player, lining up at shortstop, second, third and first last season. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "That’s right — the Marlins have one of MLB’s top double-play tandems," 26 June 2019 Jim Devine, Hammond’s grandfather, was the super then. cincinnati.com, "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019 Say hello to Erik, who — surprise! — is actually a super himself, and a character with a history in Marvel comics. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Jessica Jones' New Season 3 Guy, Erik, Comes With Shady Comic Book History," 15 June 2019 Of the 48 homes listed for sale on StreetEasy on March 22, the lowest asking price was $275,000 for a studio on Bennett Avenue in a co-op building with a laundry room and a live-in super. Aileen Jacobson, New York Times, "Hudson Heights: A Hidden Gem, Gaining Popularity," 28 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Lurking at the heart of Centaurus A is a super-massive black hole that is slowly devouring gas and dust. Wired, "Space Photos of the Week: A Trip for Thee to Galaxies Three," 3 Aug. 2019 The two have remained super close since Nina left the show after season 6 and even after the the show ended 2 seasons later. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Paul Wesley Says He "Totally Clashed" With Nina Dobrev on Set of "The Vampire Diaries"," 2 Aug. 2019 We're obsessed with this kid unicorn combo set, but a DIY kids' unicorn costume is super easy to put together — just remember, the more color, the better. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "5 Magical DIY Unicorn Costumes for Halloween," 31 July 2019 And for good reason: This self-driving business is super hard. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Self-Parking Garages, Robovans, and More Car News This Week," 28 July 2019 Kravitz is super close with her new husband, actor Jason Momoa. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Lenny Kravitz: My ex-wife Lisa Bonet's new husband Jason Momoa is 'like a brother to me'," 22 July 2019 If anything, maybe some periphery damage to people, not really super close to him. Fox News, "Scaramucci, Kirk sound off on Brennan, Cuomo," 18 Aug. 2018 Wolverine, Spider-Man, Black Widow, and the Hulk tore through the super-powered enemies of the Raft. Matthew Gault, Time, "'Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3' Is Only As Much Fun As the Friends You Play it With," 1 Aug. 2019 But relying on one species to pollinate that much food is super risky. National Geographic, "Episode 8: Honeybee chop shop," 30 July 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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