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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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Examples from the Web for prodigiously

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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


British Dictionary definitions for prodigiously

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 prodigiously

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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