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[pruh-dij-uh s] /prəˈdɪdʒ əs/
extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.:
a prodigious research grant.
wonderful or marvelous:
a prodigious feat.
abnormal; monstrous.
Obsolete, ominous.
Origin of prodigious
1545-55; < Latin prōdigiōsus marvelous. See prodigy, -ous
Related forms
prodigiously, adverb
prodigiousness, noun
unprodigious, adjective
unprodigiously, adverb
unprodigiousness, noun
Can be confused
prodigious, prestigious.
1. enormous, immense, huge, gigantic, tremendous. 2. amazing, stupendous, astounding, wondrous, miraculous.
1. tiny. 2. ordinary. Unabridged
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  • The legal costs involved in this enormous litigation could be prodigious.
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  • He couldn't recapture the loneliness and the idealism that had once been the source of his prodigious concentration.
  • In a world of seductive illusions, they became revolutionaries by championing the prodigious chaos of the actual world.
  • Their knowledge of the current reality in a given country is so prodigious that they often cannot imagine a different reality.
  • The first is that precisely because they are vulnerable, they go to prodigious lengths to protect themselves.
  • He has a prodigious memory for board positions and moves.
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  • But it is a lesson in some prodigious feats of physiology.
  • Humpback whales are prodigious travellers and every year, they make substantial journeys between different breeding grounds.
British Dictionary definitions for prodigious


vast in size, extent, power, etc
wonderful or amazing
(obsolete) threatening
Derived Forms
prodigiously, adverb
prodigiousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōdigiōsus marvellous, from prōdigium, see prodigy
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Word Origin and History for prodigious

1550s, "ominous," from Middle French prodigieux and directly from Latin prodigiosus "strange, wonderful, marvelous, unnatural," from prodigium (see prodigy). Meaning "vast, enormous" is from c.1600. Related: Prodigiously; prodigiosity.

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