Dictionary.com

prodigious

[ pruh-dij-uhs ]
/ prəˈdɪdʒ əs /
Save This Word!

adjective

extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.: a prodigious research grant.
wonderful or marvelous: a prodigious feat.
abnormal; monstrous.
Obsolete. ominous.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON "WAS" VS. "WERE"!

Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of prodigious

First recorded in 1545–55, prodigious is from the Latin word prōdigiōsus marvelous. See prodigy, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM prodigious

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prodigious

prodigious , prestigious
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for prodigious

British Dictionary definitions for prodigious

prodigious
/ (prəˈdɪdʒəs) /

adjective

vast in size, extent, power, etc
wonderful or amazing
obsolete threatening

Derived forms of prodigious

prodigiously, adverbprodigiousness, noun

Word Origin for prodigious

C16: from Latin prōdigiōsus marvellous, from prōdigium, see prodigy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK