noun

informal
  • 1A superintendent:

    ‘the super walked around the incident room’
    • ‘The managers and supers watch the workers suffer and feel themselves a class apart.’
    • ‘Lomeier, the super, or caretaker as he is billed here, moves through the building trying to find the source of the problem and restore water to the taps on the top floors.’
    • ‘You see, the super has the keys and knows how to drive that cool manual elevator that goes to the floors where the fancy automatic elevators don't stop because there are no tenants there.’
    • ‘Who dare call upon an ogreish super, even if the soaked bathroom floor threatens to collapse?’
    supervisor, overseer, superintendent, manager, boss, team leader, line manager, controller
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  • 2archaic An extra, unwanted, or unimportant person; a supernumerary.

    1. 2.1North American dated, theatrical slang An extra.
      • ‘The stage is almost always crowded with physically attractive supers, and even the choristers seem to have been chosen more for their looks than for their ability to produce a full, blended sound.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, in the larger ensembles he had a tendency to populate the stage with supers who seemed to come directly from the Ministry of Funny Walks.’
  • 3[mass noun] Superphosphate.

  • 4[mass noun] Superfine fabric or manufacture.

Pronunciation:

super

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