a superintendent, especially of an apartment house.
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.

1620–30; 1920–25 for def 8; independent use of super- (construed as an adj. or adv.), or shortening of words prefixed with it Unabridged


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 ).

< Latin super (preposition and v. prefix) above, beyond, in addition, to an especially high degree; akin to Greek hypér (see hyper-), Sanskrit upari; see over

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super (ˈsuːpə)
1.  informal outstanding; exceptionally fine
2.  petrol with a high octane rating
3.  informal a superintendent or supervisor
4.  informal (Austral), (NZ) superannuation benefits
5.  informal (Austral), (NZ) superphosphate
6.  informal (Brit) an enthusiastic expression of approval or assent
[from Latin: above]

1.  placed above or over: superscript
2.  of greater size, extent, quality, etc: supermarket
3.  surpassing others; outstanding: superstar
4.  beyond a standard or norm; exceeding or exceedingly: supersonic
5.  indicating that a chemical compound contains a specified element in a higher proportion than usual: superoxide
[from Latin super above]

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from L. adverb and preposition super "above, over, on the top (of), beyond, besides, in addition to," from PIE base *uper "over" (cf. Skt. upari, Avestan upairi "over, above, beyond," Gk. hyper, O.E. ofer "over," Goth. ufaro "over, across," Gaul. ver-, O.Ir. for), comparative of base *upo "under."

"first-rate, excellent," 1837, from prefix in superfine (1682), denoting "highest grade of goods," from L. 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.
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Medical Dictionary

super- pref.

  1. Above; over; upon: superstructure.

  2. Superior in size, quality, number, or degree: supersonic.

  3. Exceeding a norm: supersaturate.

  4. Excessive in degree or intensity: superexcitation.

  5. Containing a specified ingredient in an unusually high proportion: superoxide.

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Computing Dictionary

SUPER definition

The successor to LOGLISP, based on LNF.
["New Generation Knowledge Processing: Final Report on the SUPER System", J Alan Robinson et al, CASE Center TR 8707, Syracuse U, 1987].

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. superintendent

  2. supernumerary

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