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[pruh-dij-uh s] /prəˈdɪdʒ əs/
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
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.
1. enormous, immense, huge, gigantic, tremendous. 2. amazing, stupendous, astounding, wondrous, miraculous.
1. tiny. 2. ordinary. Unabridged
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  • How is he to understand why Hamlet is so rude to Ophelia, yet later on declares that he loved her prodigiously?

    Our Stage and Its Critics "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
  • He must have been, to take the picturesque so prodigiously to heart.

  • Meanwhile, the mob outside had prodigiously increased, and had begun to exhibit some disposition to riot.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. III (of III) W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • My admiration of Aeschylus has been prodigiously increased by this reperusal.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • The old banker died in course of time, and to use the affectionate phrase common on such occasions, 'cut up' prodigiously well.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He wrote another poem of like value, and it sold "prodigiously."

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • I really can't find out what makes them all so poor; but they are prodigiously out of cash.

  • "Tell 'ee what I'll do," said Tommy with a prodigiously wise squint.

    A Poor Man's House Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • He was prodigiously strong, and he knew the mine as no one else—at any rate, as well as I did.

    The Underground City Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for prodigiously


vast in size, extent, power, etc
wonderful or amazing
(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 prodigiously



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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