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1Remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree:‘the stove consumed a prodigious amount of fuel’‘her memory was prodigious’
enormous, huge, colossal, immense, vast, great, massive, gigantic, mammoth, tremendous, considerable, substantial, large, sizeable, inordinate, monumental, mighty, gargantuanView synonyms
- ‘This process, as can be seen by the previous Lexington example, burns a prodigious amount of fuel.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In order to be visible at all at the huge distances implied by their redshifts, quasars must produce prodigious amounts of energy.’
- ‘Not non-existent, just a tad light when compared to the prodigious talent and output of Lennon-McCartney.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Francis in particular is a mightily impressive performer and he and Holt get through a prodigious amount of work in matches.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He took a prodigious amount of drugs washed down with booze.’
- ‘He would listen intently to his mother's lessons and as his prodigious talent became apparent she began to teach him, too.’
- ‘Plenty of people have spent prodigious amounts of time teasing out that complexity-in-simplicity.’
- ‘They eat prodigious amounts of beetles that would otherwise bore into your desert trees.’
- ‘She has charmed the world with her prodigious talent and her level-headed approach to her growing celebrity.’
- ‘Each section surveys the church across Africa, and draws together prodigious amounts of information.’
- ‘Until now 29-year-old Canonica has been remarkable only for his prodigious length off the tee.’
- ‘His own prodigious creative talent was fuelled by the stuff of the everyday.’
- ‘Despite her failing eyesight she made prodigious amounts of lace tatting for her clothes, and for family and friends.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Most importantly, you get to prance about in costume and consume prodigious amounts of liquor whilst meeting new people.’
2archaic Unnatural or abnormal:‘rumours of prodigious happenings, such as monstrous births’unnatural, monstrous, grotesque, abnormalView synonyms
Late 15th century (in the sense ‘portentous’): from Latin prodigiosus, from prodigium portent (see prodigy).
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