adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. obsolete being an omen ; portentous b. resembling or befitting a prodigy ; strange, unusual 2. exciting amazement or wonder 3. extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree ; enormous Synonyms: see monstrousprodigiously adverbprodigiousness noun

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  • Prodigious — Pro*di gious, a. [L. prodigiosus, fr. prodigium a prodigy; cf. F. prodigieux. See {Prodigy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of the nature of a prodigy; marvelous; wonderful; portentous. [Obs. or R.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] It is prodigious to have thunder in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prodigious — [adj1] huge, enormous big, colossal*, fantastic, giant, gigantic, gross, Herculean*, immeasurable, immense, inordinate, jumbo*, king size*, large, mammoth, massive, mighty, monstrous, monumental, mortal, stupendous, towering, tremendous, vast;… …   New thesaurus

  • prodigious — I (amazing) adjective abnormal, anomalous, astonishing, astounding, bizarre, curious, dumbfounding, exceptional, extraordinary, fantastic, freakish, grotesque, impressive, inconceivable, incredible, indescribable, marvelous, miraculous,… …   Law dictionary

  • prodigious — 1550s, having the appearance of a prodigy, from L. prodigiosus strange, wonderful, marvelous, from prodigium (see PRODIGY (Cf. prodigy)). Meaning vast, enormous is from c.1600. Related: Prodigiously …   Etymology dictionary

  • prodigious — *monstrous, tremendous, stupendous, monumental Analogous words: enormous, immense, *huge, vast, gigantic, mammoth, colossal: amazing, astounding, flabbergasting (see SURPRISE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prodigious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ impressively large. DERIVATIVES prodigiously adverb. ORIGIN Latin prodigiosus, from prodigium portent …   English terms dictionary

  • prodigious — [prō dij′əs, prədij′əs] adj. [L prodigiosus, marvelous < prodigium: see PRODIGY] 1. wonderful; amazing 2. of great size, power, extent, etc.; enormous; huge 3. Obs. portentous prodigiously adv. prodigiousness n …   English World dictionary

  • prodigious — pro|di|gious [prəˈdıdʒəs] adj [usually before noun] very large or great in a surprising or impressive way prodigious amounts/quantities of sth ▪ Some galaxies seem to release prodigious amounts of energy. ▪ the artist s prodigious output… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prodigious — [[t]prədɪ̱ʤəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Something that is prodigious is very large or impressive. [LITERARY] This business generates cash in prodigious amounts... He impressed all who met him with his prodigious memory. Derived words:… …   English dictionary

  • prodigious — prodigiously, adv. prodigiousness, n. /preuh dij euhs/, adj. 1. extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.: a prodigious research grant. 2. wonderful or marvelous: a prodigious feat. 3. abnormal; monstrous. 4. Obs. ominous. [1545… …   Universalium

  • prodigious — pro|di|gious [ prə dıdʒəs ] adjective very great or impressive: prodigious feats of bravery his prodigious memory ╾ pro|di|gious|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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