tre·​men·​dous tri-ˈmen-dəs How to pronounce tremendous (audio)
: notable by reason of extreme size, power, greatness, or excellence
tremendous problems
a writer of tremendous talent
often used as a generalized term of approval
had a tremendous time
: unusually large : huge
a tremendous number of people
: being such as may excite trembling or arouse dread, awe, or terror
tremendousness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for tremendous

monstrous, prodigious, tremendous, stupendous mean extremely impressive.

monstrous implies a departure from the normal (as in size, form, or character) and often carries suggestions of deformity, ugliness, or fabulousness.

the monstrous waste of the project

prodigious suggests a marvelousness exceeding belief, usually in something felt as going far beyond a previous maximum (as of goodness, greatness, intensity, or size).

made a prodigious effort and rolled the stone aside

tremendous may imply a power to terrify or inspire awe.

the tremendous roar of the cataract

stupendous implies a power to stun or astound, usually because of size, numbers, complexity, or greatness beyond description.

a stupendous volcanic eruption

Examples of tremendous in a Sentence

He has a tremendous amount of energy. The engine's power is tremendous. She is a writer of tremendous talent. We had a tremendous time.
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Word History


Latin tremendus, from gerundive of tremere

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tremendous was in 1632

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“Tremendous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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tre·​men·​dous tri-ˈmen-dəs How to pronounce tremendous (audio)
: causing dread, awe, or terror : dreadful
: astonishing because of great size, excellence, or power
tremendous problems
a writer of tremendous talent
tremendously adverb

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