pro·​di·​gious | \ prə-ˈdi-jəs How to pronounce prodigious (audio) \

Definition of prodigious

1 : causing amazement or wonder
2 : extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree : enormous
3a : resembling or befitting a prodigy : strange, unusual
b obsolete : being an omen : portentous

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Other Words from prodigious

prodigiously adverb
prodigiousness noun

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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 prodigious in a Sentence

Graceful afield and afoot in his youth, he bullied into a prodigious slugger in his final years. — Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 28 July 2003 She had what was known in those days as a hollow leg, meaning she was able to drink prodigious amounts of liquor without getting drunk, or so she thought. Vanity Fair, July 2000 … Isaac [Newton] was allowed to resume at Grantham and go on to Cambridge, where … he was to remain for nearly thirty-five secluded, prodigious years. — John Updike, New Yorker, 30 Mar. 1998 stage magicians performing prodigious feats for rapt audiences a prodigious supply of canned food kept in the basement for emergencies
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Recent Examples on the Web Bouzková gave her a good fight at first, and seemed to handle Osaka’s prodigious power well, but the momentum shifted strongly in Osaka’s favor in the ninth game of the first set. Alex Coffey, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 As expected, the Cayenne Turbo GT has been tuned to deliver prodigious amounts of power. Michael Harley, Robb Report, 27 July 2021 Chaney was projected to be one of the Southland’s most prodigious outside hitters. Tony Baranek,, 22 Sep. 2021 One of the breakout series of the pandemic last year, The Queen's Gambit is an adaptation of Walter Tevis' 1983 novel and starred Joy as Beth Harmon, an orphan with a prodigious talent for chess. Chancellor Agard,, 20 Sep. 2021 And kicker Matt Araiza’s left leg provided some more prodigious punts. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2021 Martindale hasn’t been shy about testing Mahomes’ prodigious arm or photographic memory with a wave of blitzers. Jonas Shaffer,, 17 Sep. 2021 At various times, Johns has been described as America’s greatest, most prodigious, and most expensive living artist. John Edmonds, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Sep. 2021 With all due recognition to the Yankees and their prodigious power, the Reds have the most dangerous lineup in the game. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of prodigious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for prodigious

see prodigy

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7 Oct 2021

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“Prodigious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prodigious

: amazing or wonderful : very impressive
: very big

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