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super

[soo-per] /ˈsu pər/
noun
1.
Informal.
  1. a superintendent, especially of an apartment house.
  2. supermarket.
  3. supernumerary.
  4. supervisor.
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.
10.
adverb
11.
Slang. very; extremely or excessively:
super classy; a super large portion of food.
Origin
1620-1630
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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British Dictionary definitions for supers

super

/ˈsuːpə/
adjective
1.
(informal) outstanding; exceptionally fine
noun
2.
petrol with a high octane rating
3.
(informal) a superintendent or supervisor
4.
(Austral & NZ, informal) superannuation benefits
5.
(Austral & NZ, informal) superphosphate
interjection
6.
(Brit, informal) an enthusiastic expression of approval or assent
Word Origin
from Latin: above
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Word Origin and History for supers

super

adj.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for supers

super 1

noun

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


super 2

adjective

Wonderful; excellent; very superior: America's Teenage Girls Speak Language of Their Own That Is Too Divinely Super

[1895+; perhaps fr superior or superfine; revitalized in the 1960s]


super

-prefix

used to form adjectives Having the indicated quality to an extraordinary degree: superhappy/ superwonky

prefix

used to form nouns A superbly qualified and prodigious specimen of what is indicated: superjerk/ superjock/ superchick/ Supermom

[1930s+; noun prefix stimulated from 1938 by the comic-book character Superman]


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Related Abbreviations for supers

super

  1. superintendent
  2. supernumerary
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