- a person, especially a child or young person, having extraordinary talent or ability: a musical prodigy.
- a marvelous example (usually followed by of).
- something wonderful or marvelous; a wonder.
- something abnormal or monstrous.
- Archaic. something extraordinary regarded as of prophetic significance.
Origin of prodigy
Related Words for prodigygenius, whiz, sensation, wizard, wunderkind, talent, phenomenon, portent, enormity, miracle, rarity, stunner, brain, monster, curiosity, spectacle, natural, freak, wonder, mastermind
Examples from the Web for prodigy
Contemporary Examples of prodigy
Internet prodigy and Reddit founder Aaron Swartz committed suicide on Friday.
The twit, Guy Clinch, is the unlucky father of Marmaduke, an 18-month-old prodigy of domestic mayhem.Remedial Reader: The Essential Martin Amis
Ronald K. Fried
August 24, 2012
Prodigy likewise is relatively common in mathematics and the sciences.When Your Hero’s an SOB
August 1, 2011
Historical Examples of prodigy
Was it possible that she herself was there, in the expectation of bringing about a prodigy?
Although implored and hoped for, the prodigy did not appear, and the room was silent and anxious.
Was the wonderful event about to take place, the prodigy she awaited?
By a prodigy Guillaume was alive and already on his legs again.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
He prefers to frolic and philosophise with his prodigy on the sands.The Book of Khalid
- a person, esp a child, of unusual or marvellous talents
- anything that is a cause of wonder and amazement
- something monstrous or abnormal
- an archaic word for omen
Word Origin for prodigy
Word Origin and History for prodigy
late 15c., "sign, portent, something extraordinary from which omens are drawn," from Latin prodigium "prophetic sign, omen, portent, prodigy," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + -igium, a suffix or word of unknown origin, perhaps from *agi-, root of aio "I say" (see adage). Meaning "child with exceptional abilities" first recorded 1650s.