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 formspro·di·gious·ly, adverbpro·di·gious·ness, nounun·pro·di·gious, adjectiveun·pro·di·gious·ly, adverbun·pro·di·gious·ness, noun
Can be confusedprodigious prestigious

Synonyms for prodigious

Antonyms for prodigious

1. tiny. 2. ordinary. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prodigiously

Contemporary Examples of prodigiously

  • Lola, California is a startling novel, as prodigiously smart as it is technically proficient.

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Historical Examples of prodigiously

  • The French dress will become you prodigiously, I foresee—but, just Heaven!

  • I like him prodigiously, to use a lady's word (not yours, Rosamond).

  • At the outset, be it confessed that it was a study that attracted him prodigiously.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • For himself he had a prodigiously profound feeling, as you may also have gathered.

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  • But with all their machines, it was a prodigiously difficult work to get it along.

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    Jacob Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for prodigiously



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



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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