noun, plural prod·i·gies.
- prodigal son,
- prodromal stage,
Origin of prodigy
Examples from the Web for 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.
Prodigy likewise is relatively common in mathematics and the sciences.
The young man stood still where he was, bewildered by this prodigy of paternal love.The Brotherhood of Consolation|Honore de Balzac
The juvenile criminal was regarded as a prodigy with a capacity for crimes far beyond his years.Crime: Its Cause and Treatment|Clarence Darrow
The forbidden fruit was furnished, and the prodigy of sacred lore applied himself to it with voracity.The Imported Bridegroom|Abraham Cahan
But the boy was at least two miracles rolled into one—a more than Siamese prodigy—a boy, and yet an ass too.George Cruikshank's Omnibus|George Cruikshank
The appearance of a prodigy like Nelson, however, is not an isolated event, independent of antecedents.Types of Naval Officers|A. T. Mahan
noun plural -gies
Word Origin 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.