super

1 of 4

adjective

su·​per ˈsü-pər How to pronounce super (audio)
1
a
: 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

2 of 4

noun

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

super

3 of 4

adverb

1
: very, extremely
a super fast car
2
: to an excessive degree

super-

4 of 4

prefix

1
a(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
2
a
: 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Thiel gave $15 million Protect Ohio Values, a super PAC that ran ads supporting Vance's candidacy. Erin Mansfield, USA TODAY, 17 July 2024 The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the billionaire plans to give $45 million a month to a new pro-Trump super PAC called America PAC. Laurence Darmiento, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2024
Noun
Buildings with watchful supers or owners tended to survive. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 15 July 2024 Destiny 2: The Final Shape:Server update, plus how to unlock the Prismatic supers subclass Meredith G. White covers entertainment and culture for The Arizona Republic andazcentral.com. Meredith G. White, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2024
Adverb
One 2023 study highlighted that our convos don’t have to be super deep to be good for us. Anna Borges, SELF, 17 July 2024 Some of the best bargains are super short term: Amazon offers a limited number of discounts over a short period of time. Noah Kaufman, Bon Appétit, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for super 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

super-

Adverb

super-

Prefix

Latin, over, above, in addition, from super over, above, on top of — more at over

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of super was in 1838

Dictionary Entries Near super

Cite this Entry

“Super.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/super. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

super

1 of 4 adjective
su·​per ˈsü-pər How to pronounce super (audio)
1
used as an overall term of approval
a super cook
2
: very large or powerful
a super atomic bomb
3
: showing the characteristics of its type to an extreme degree
super secrecy

super

2 of 4 noun
1
: an actor not listed with the regular cast
2

super

3 of 4 adverb
1
: very entry 2 sense 1, extremely
a super fast car
2
: to a degree exceeding the usual or normal
super critical

super-

4 of 4 prefix
1
a
: over and above : higher in quantity, quality, or degree than : more than
superfine
superhuman
b
: exceeding or so as to exceed what is usual or normal
supercool
c
: bigger, better, or more important than others of the same kind
superhighway
superstar
2
a
: situated or placed above, on, or at the top of
superimpose
b
: next above or higher
supertonic
Etymology

Prefix

derived from Latin super "over, above"

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