- an article of a superior quality, grade, size, etc.
- (in beekeeping) the portion of a hive in which honey is stored.
- Printing. supercalendered paper.
- Television. an additional image superimposed on the original video image: A super of the guest's name is included under the picture when the guest is introduced.
- of the highest degree, power, etc.
- of an extreme or excessive degree.
- Informal. very good; first-rate; excellent.
- (of measurement) superficial.
- Slang. very; extremely or excessively: super classy; a super large portion of food.
Origin of super
- a prefix occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, with the basic meaning “above, beyond.” Words formed with super- have the following general senses: “to place or be placed above or over” (superimpose; supersede), “a thing placed over or added to another” (superscript; superstructure; supertax), “situated over” (superficial; superlunary) and, more figuratively, “an individual, thing, or property that exceeds customary norms or levels” (superalloy; superconductivity; superman; superstar), “an individual or thing larger, more powerful, or with wider application than others of its kind” (supercomputer; superhighway; superpower; supertanker), “exceeding the norms or limits of a given class” (superhuman; superplastic), “having the specified property to a great or excessive degree” (supercritical; superfine; supersensitive), “to subject to (a physical process) to an extreme degree or in an unusual way” (supercharge; supercool; supersaturate), “a category that embraces a number of lesser items of the specified kind” (superfamily; supergalaxy), “a chemical compound with a higher proportion than usual of a given constituent” (superphosphate).
Origin of super-
Examples from the Web for super
Further, in the Super Tuesday states of Florida, Texas, and Virginia, Paul is operating at a decided disadvantage.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
But Goff called it “insulting” to suggest that he might be running a super PAC for personal gain.
The question is, do we need, or are we ready for, super high-end designer drawers for dudes?Would You Pay $100 For a 50 Cent Bulge? Men’s Undies Get Expensive
December 23, 2014
In Romneyland, the super PAC is being met with real suspicion and skepticism.
The resulting Wool Runners were comfortable, eco-friendly, machine-washable, and super cute—and sold out almost immediately.The Coolest Fashion Innovations of 2014
December 18, 2014
The nature they portray is not human, but super- or subter-human, which you will.Another Sheaf
It was only then that he realized this must be a super mech.
That night he had begged Janith to let him rent a super mech.
He was fighting desperately, his super mech's strength overtaxed.
He wanted to call to the super and ask if at least he could buy the lantern.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
- informal outstanding; exceptionally fine
- petrol with a high octane rating
- informal a superintendent or supervisor
- Australian and NZ informal superannuation benefits
- Australian and NZ informal superphosphate
- British informal an enthusiastic expression of approval or assent
- placed above or oversuperscript
- of greater size, extent, quality, etcsupermarket
- surpassing others; outstandingsuperstar
- beyond a standard or norm; exceeding or exceedinglysupersonic
- indicating that a chemical compound contains a specified element in a higher proportion than usualsuperoxide
Word Origin and History for super
"first-rate, excellent," 1837, from prefix in superfine (1682), denoting "highest grade of goods," from Latin super "above, over, beyond" (see super-). Extended usage as a general term of approval is 1895 slang, revived 1960s. Rhyming reduplication form super-duper first attested 1940.
word-forming element from Latin adverb and preposition super "above, over, on the top (of), beyond, besides, in addition to," from PIE *uper "over" (cf. Sanskrit upari, Avestan upairi "over, above, beyond," Greek hyper, Old English ofer "over," Gothic ufaro "over, across," Gaulish ver-, Old Irish for), comparative of root *upo "under."
- Above; over; upon:superstructure.
- Superior in size, quality, number, or degree:supersonic.
- Exceeding a norm:supersaturate.
- Excessive in degree or intensity:superexcitation.
- Containing a specified ingredient in an unusually high proportion:superoxide.