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prodigious

[pruh-dij-uh s]
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adjective
  1. extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.: a prodigious research grant.
  2. wonderful or marvelous: a prodigious feat.
  3. abnormal; monstrous.
  4. Obsolete. ominous.

Origin of prodigious

First recorded in 1545–55, prodigious is from the Latin word prōdigiōsus marvelous. See prodigy, -ous
Related formspro·di·gious·ly, adverbpro·di·gious·ness, nounun·pro·di·gious, adjectiveun·pro·di·gious·ly, adverbun·pro·di·gious·ness, noun
Can be confusedprodigious prestigious

Synonyms

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1. enormous, immense, huge, gigantic, tremendous. 2. amazing, stupendous, astounding, wondrous, miraculous.

Antonyms

1. tiny. 2. ordinary.
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  • He was low and thick set, with a neck like a bull, and a frame of prodigious strength.

    Ridgeway

    Scian Dubh

  • In the echoing enclosure of the forest walls the noise was prodigious.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • She was always a prodigious friend of the Elmours, as I remember.

  • With this new residence came a prodigious change in our way of life.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • "You are in a prodigious hurry to be miserable," said Dr. X——.


British Dictionary definitions for prodigious

prodigious

adjective
  1. vast in size, extent, power, etc
  2. wonderful or amazing
  3. obsolete threatening
Derived Formsprodigiously, adverbprodigiousness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin prōdigiōsus marvellous, from prōdigium, see prodigy
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Word Origin and History for prodigious

adj.

1550s, "ominous," from Middle French prodigieux and directly from Latin prodigiosus "strange, wonderful, marvelous, unnatural," from prodigium (see prodigy). Meaning "vast, enormous" is from c.1600. Related: Prodigiously; prodigiosity.

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