[ 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

Related forms

Can be confused

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British Dictionary definitions for prodigiously


/ (prəˈdɪdʒəs) /


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

Derived Forms

prodigiously, adverbprodigiousness, noun

Word Origin for prodigious

C16: from Latin prōdigiōsus marvellous, from prōdigium, see prodigy
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