- extraordinarily great in size, amount, or intensity: a tremendous ocean liner; tremendous talent.
- extraordinary in excellence: a tremendous movie.
- dreadful or awful, as in character or effect; exciting fear; frightening; terrifying.
Origin of tremendous
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Related Wordsexceedingly, excessively, extremely, staggeringly, hugely, remarkably, marvelously, extraordinarily, largely, excellently
Examples from the Web for tremendously
I still do find it a tremendously useful device to invent a character and have the character sing the song.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
Anger Is an Energy is a tremendously entertaining read, and I urge everyone to pick up a copy and start dreaming again.The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten: His Memoir Seethes With Anger—And Charm
November 20, 2014
Shumlin said he was “tremendously disappointed” – then kept him on the job.What the Hell Happened in Vermont?!
November 13, 2014
“Robin Williams came up to visit during the run and seemed to enjoy it tremendously,” wrote Reeve.Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve's Epic Friendship and the Greatest Williams Story Ever Told
August 12, 2014
Both are tremendously talented, smart leaders who have built careers failing, adapting, and then succeeding.The GOP’s Long, Hard Road in California
May 8, 2014
"Your father admired him tremendously," Mrs. Carew went on to say.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
It's going to be quite wonderful—you'll be tremendously happy.The Harbor
And the Cambridge business did take it out of one most tremendously.
She was tremendously emotional and impulsive, and might be carried away into error.
There was something unnatural, but also tremendously impressive to her in their silence.
- vast; huge
- informal very exciting or unusual
- informal (intensifier)a tremendous help
- archaic terrible or dreadful
Word Origin and History for tremendously
1630s, "awful, dreadful, terrible," from Latin tremendus "fearful, terrible," literally "to be trembled at," gerundive form of tremere "to tremble" (see tremble). Hyperbolic or intensive sense of "extraordinarily great or good, immense" is attested from 1812, paralleling semantic changes in terrific, terribly, awfully, etc.