- a phenomenon, especially a young prodigy: a twelve-year-old tennis phenom.
Origin of phenom
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Examples from the Web for phenom
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The former Denver Broncos phenom rarely saw the field for the Jets this year, and the team is reportedly looking to trade him.Tim Tebow’s ‘Hate’ Pastor Responds to Quarterback’s Withdrawal
February 22, 2013
Long gone was the phenom, replaced by Tomic “The Tank Engine.”Tennis Bad Boy Bernard Tomic: The Next Roger Federer?
January 19, 2013
And yet the videos of a “drunk Jeff Goldblum” have become something of an Internet phenom.Jeff Goldblum on Theresa Rebeck’s ‘Seminar,’ Celebrity Death Hoaxes & More
November 8, 2012
If Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks keep winning, the tabloids are going to run out of nicknames for the phenom from Harvard.Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks: The Science Behind Winning
February 18, 2012
- informal a person or thing of outstanding abilities or qualities
C20: from phenom (enon)
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Word Origin and History for phenom
shortened form of phenomenon, U.S. baseball slang, first recorded 1890.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper