[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

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Contemporary Examples of stupendously

Historical Examples of stupendously

  • It was all so gorgeously unexpected, so—so stupendously mysterious.

  • How stupendously wrong a Power which could count, and into a European War!

    Raemaekers' Cartoons

    Louis Raemaekers

  • Shepler, whom he had known so long and so intimately, with never the audacious thought of a union so stupendously glorious!

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • We were rudely awakened from our dreams by a sound which Lieutenant Whidbey would have called "most stupendously dreadful."


    Ella Higginson

  • Never until now had the solitudes seemed so vast, so utterly, stupendously big.

British Dictionary definitions for stupendously



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 stupendously



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper