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[soo-per] /ˈsu pər/
  1. a superintendent, especially of an apartment house.
  2. supermarket.
  3. supernumerary.
  4. supervisor.
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.
Origin of super
1620-30; 1920-25 for def 8; independent use of super- (construed as an adj. or adv.), or shortening of words prefixed with it


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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Examples from the web for super
  • We're quickly headed toward a future in which college students will either be super achievers or unprepared for the workplace.
  • It somehow never occurred to me that super saturation could depress the melting point.
  • His objective was to display diatoms in a modern way using super contrast and careful application of color.
  • It's super easy and there are a million reasons to do it.
  • For a crowd, consider a party-size super sundae that will please everyone.
  • Good that it's so sturdy, because it's a super seasoning, versatile and unique.
  • Other than that, super article sure brings back memories.
  • Traveling by train is super easy if you're going where it goes since there's a station at the airport.
  • Water vapor tends to become super cooled since water vapor molecules rise continuously in air.
  • They are known for their colorful feathers and super smarts.
British Dictionary definitions for super


(informal) outstanding; exceptionally fine
petrol with a high octane rating
(informal) a superintendent or supervisor
(Austral & NZ, informal) superannuation benefits
(Austral & NZ, informal) superphosphate
(Brit, informal) an enthusiastic expression of approval or assent
Word Origin
from Latin: above


placed above or over: superscript
of greater size, extent, quality, etc: supermarket
surpassing others; outstanding: superstar
beyond a standard or norm; exceeding or exceedingly: supersonic
indicating that a chemical compound contains a specified element in a higher proportion than usual: superoxide
Word Origin
from Latin super above
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Word Origin and History for super

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


word-forming element from Latin adverb and preposition super "above, over, on the top (of), beyond, besides, in addition to," from PIE *uper "over" (cf. Sanskrit upari, Avestan upairi "over, above, beyond," Greek hyper, Old English ofer "over," Gothic ufaro "over, across," Gaulish ver-, Old Irish for), comparative of root *upo "under."

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super in Medicine

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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Slang definitions & phrases for super

sunshine law

noun phrase

A law requiring that meetings of legislative bodies be opened to the public: After the sunshine law the city council had to open its doors (1972+)



One who likes to sit in the sun, esp to get a tan: turns sun-worshipper in April (1966+)

super 1


A superintendent, esp one who is custodian of an apartment building (1857+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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super in Technology

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].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for super


  1. superintendent
  2. supernumerary


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