[ pruh-dij-uhs ]
/ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for prodigious


/ (prəˈdɪdʒəs) /


vast in size, extent, power, etc
wonderful or amazing
obsolete threatening
Derived Formsprodigiously, adverbprodigiousness, noun

Word Origin for prodigious

C16: from Latin prōdigiōsus marvellous, from prōdigium, see prodigy
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Word Origin and History for prodigious



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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