[ stoo-pen-duhs, styoo- ]
/ stuˈpɛn dəs, styu- /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for stupendous


/ (stjuːˈpɛndəs) /


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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