- extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.: a prodigious research grant.
- wonderful or marvelous: a prodigious feat.
- abnormal; monstrous.
- Obsolete. ominous.
Origin of prodigious
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Examples from the Web for prodigious
No biography of Jack Nicholson could long skirt the issue of his prodigious appetites.Jack Nicholson Deserves a Better Biography Than This
October 31, 2013
Indeed, after going to his reward, he has been publishing at a prodigious pace.The Man with the President’s Ear, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and JFK
October 27, 2013
Couple with its prodigious online presence, it has become a global brand to be reckoned with.Best Business Longreads for the Week of October 5, 2013
October 6, 2013
He knows better than anyone the law of carnage and its prodigious repetitions in our time.For Didier François
July 17, 2013
That would be quite a bombshell indeed—not to mention a prodigious technical feat.A Geek’s Guide to the NSA Scandal: What You May Not Know About Data Collection
June 20, 2013
He was low and thick set, with a neck like a bull, and a frame of prodigious strength.Ridgeway
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.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
With this new residence came a prodigious change in our way of life.In the Valley
"You are in a prodigious hurry to be miserable," said Dr. X——.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- vast in size, extent, power, etc
- wonderful or amazing
- obsolete threatening
Word Origin and History for prodigious
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.