prodigious

[pruh-dij-uhs]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. prodd,
  2. prodi,
  3. prodigal,
  4. prodigal son,
  5. prodigality,
  6. prodigiously,
  7. prodigy,
  8. prodomos,
  9. prodromal,
  10. prodromal stage

Origin of prodigious

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

Related forms
Can be confusedprodigious prestigious

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British Dictionary definitions for prodigiously

prodigious

adjective

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 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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