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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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  • The French dress will become you prodigiously, I foresee—but, just Heaven!

  • I like him prodigiously, to use a lady's word (not yours, Rosamond).

  • At the outset, be it confessed that it was a study that attracted him prodigiously.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • For himself he had a prodigiously profound feeling, as you may also have gathered.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • But with all their machines, it was a prodigiously difficult work to get it along.

    Rollo in Paris Jacob Abbott
  • If I could catch my life and talk to it, I would abuse it prodigiously, I assure you.

    The Upper Berth Francis Marion Crawford
  • When she retired, he said to Dr. Glover, "Sir, she is a prodigiously fine woman."

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • He must have been, to take the picturesque so prodigiously to heart.

  • prodigiously; that is to say, I feel like a body without a soul.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
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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