Definition of prodigious in English:



  • 1Remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree.

    ‘the stove consumed a prodigious amount of fuel’
    ‘her memory was prodigious’
    • ‘Francis in particular is a mightily impressive performer and he and Holt get through a prodigious amount of work in matches.’
    • ‘This process, as can be seen by the previous Lexington example, burns a prodigious amount of fuel.’
    • ‘In order to be visible at all at the huge distances implied by their redshifts, quasars must produce prodigious amounts of energy.’
    • ‘I wasn't really in the mood to get heavily into the intellectual history, but there's plenty there to ponder, and a prodigious amount of research.’
    • ‘His own prodigious creative talent was fuelled by the stuff of the everyday.’
    • ‘He would listen intently to his mother's lessons and as his prodigious talent became apparent she began to teach him, too.’
    • ‘Most importantly, you get to prance about in costume and consume prodigious amounts of liquor whilst meeting new people.’
    • ‘She has charmed the world with her prodigious talent and her level-headed approach to her growing celebrity.’
    • ‘They eat prodigious amounts of beetles that would otherwise bore into your desert trees.’
    • ‘The producers would have done better to spend more time on its story rather than mistaking the opportunity to make a film as prodigious talent.’
    • ‘Despite her failing eyesight she made prodigious amounts of lace tatting for her clothes, and for family and friends.’
    • ‘He took a prodigious amount of drugs washed down with booze.’
    • ‘It was obviously a big blow, but we have a prodigious amount of young talent at this club and it will give somebody else a chance to come in and fill his shoes.’
    • ‘Plenty of people have spent prodigious amounts of time teasing out that complexity-in-simplicity.’
    • ‘Until now 29-year-old Canonica has been remarkable only for his prodigious length off the tee.’
    • ‘To the boy's surprise, it spread a pair of tan and gold wings that were prodigious in size, which caused it to appear as if it were towering over him.’
    • ‘Best's prodigious talent drew the affection and awe of millions of fans and tributes to him poured in from across the football world last night.’
    • ‘Each section surveys the church across Africa, and draws together prodigious amounts of information.’
    • ‘Not non-existent, just a tad light when compared to the prodigious talent and output of Lennon-McCartney.’
    • ‘It is, of course, possible simply to use the time for drinking and eating to prodigious degrees, but that is to miss the very point of it all?’
    enormous, huge, colossal, immense, vast, great, massive, gigantic, mammoth, tremendous, considerable, substantial, large, sizeable, inordinate, monumental, mighty, gargantuan
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  • 2archaic Unnatural or abnormal.

    ‘rumours of prodigious happenings, such as monstrous births’
    unnatural, monstrous, grotesque, abnormal
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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘portentous’): from Latin prodigiosus, from prodigium ‘portent’ (see prodigy).