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prodigious

[pruh-dij-uh s] /prəˈdɪdʒ əs/
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
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55, prodigious is from the Latin word prōdigiōsus marvelous. See prodigy, -ous
Related forms
prodigiously, adverb
prodigiousness, noun
unprodigious, adjective
unprodigiously, adverb
unprodigiousness, noun
Can be confused
prodigious, prestigious.
Synonyms
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

/prəˈdɪdʒəs/
adjective
1.
vast in size, extent, power, etc
2.
wonderful or amazing
3.
(obsolete) threatening
Derived Forms
prodigiously, adverb
prodigiousness, 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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