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[fee-nom, fi-nom]
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noun Slang.
  1. a phenomenon, especially a young prodigy: a twelve-year-old tennis phenom.
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Origin of phenom

by shortening
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Related Words for phenom

capable, experienced, talented, versed, efficient, gifted, apt, conversant, adept, accomplished, skillful, qualified, trained, competent, specialist, pro, expert, artist, star, pundit

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Contemporary Examples of phenom

Historical Examples of phenom

  • He is a phenom, a veritable Prodigious Prodigy, and maybe old Bannister isn't wild with enthusiasm.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior

    J. Raymond Elderdice

  • News travels fast in a college community and Drake had passed the word that Ainslee had uncovered a “phenom.”

British Dictionary definitions for phenom


  1. informal a person or thing of outstanding abilities or qualities
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Word Origin for phenom

C20: from phenom (enon)
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Word Origin and History for phenom


shortened form of phenomenon, U.S. baseball slang, first recorded 1890.

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