SUPERS

super

[soo-per]
noun
1.
Informal.
a.
a superintendent, especially of an apartment house.
2.
an article of a superior quality, grade, size, etc.
3.
(in beekeeping) the portion of a hive in which honey is stored.
4.
Printing. supercalendered paper.
5.
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.
adjective
6.
of the highest degree, power, etc.
7.
of an extreme or excessive degree.
8.
Informal. very good; first-rate; excellent.
9.
(of measurement) superficial.
adverb
11.
Slang. very; extremely or excessively: super classy; a super large portion of food.

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

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

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super
"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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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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Abbreviations & Acronyms
super
  1. superintendent

  2. supernumerary

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