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[fee-nom, fi-nom] /ˈfi nɒm, fɪˈnɒm/
noun, Slang.
a phenomenon, especially a young prodigy:
a twelve-year-old tennis phenom.
Origin of phenom
by shortening Unabridged
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  • News travels fast in a college community and Drake had passed the word that Ainslee had uncovered a “phenom.”

  • He is a phenom, a veritable Prodigious Prodigy, and maybe old Bannister isn't wild with enthusiasm.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
British Dictionary definitions for phenom


(informal) a person or thing of outstanding abilities or qualities
Word Origin
C20: from phenom(enon)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for phenom

shortened form of phenomenon, U.S. baseball slang, first recorded 1890.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for phenom



A phenomenally skilled or impressive person; a performing wonder, esp in sports: Veeck was a phenom, too (1890+ Baseball)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for phenom


someone or something that is phenomenal
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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