[stoo-pen-duhs, styoo-]


causing amazement; astounding; marvelous: stupendous news.
amazingly large or great; immense: a stupendous mass of information.

Origin of stupendous

1965–70; < Latin stupendus, gerund of stupēre to be stunned; see -ous
Related formsstu·pen·dous·ly, adverbstu·pen·dous·ness, noun

Synonyms for stupendous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stupendous

Contemporary Examples of stupendous

Historical Examples of stupendous

  • Travelers have differed in their measurements of this stupendous growth.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • "Fairly bobbish, thank you," he answered, looking at her with stupendous gravity.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • For this thing that they had done was rather a stupendous thing.

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • A stupendous discovery or a pitiful figment of a lunatic brain!

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • They were—stupendous thought—living in a new world of matter!

    The Heads of Apex

    Francis Flagg

British Dictionary definitions for stupendous



astounding, wonderful, huge, etc
Derived Formsstupendously, adverbstupendousness, noun

Word Origin for stupendous

C17: from Latin stupēre to be amazed
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Word Origin and History for stupendous

1660s, earlier stupendious (1540s), from Late Latin stupendus "to be wondered at," gerundive form of Latin stupere "be stunned, be struck senseless" (see stupid).

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