Definition of prodigious in English:



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

    ‘the stove consumed a prodigious amount of fuel’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Plenty of people have spent prodigious amounts of time teasing out that complexity-in-simplicity.’
    • ‘Most importantly, you get to prance about in costume and consume prodigious amounts of liquor whilst meeting new people.’
    • ‘Until now 29-year-old Canonica has been remarkable only for his prodigious length off the tee.’
    • ‘Not non-existent, just a tad light when compared to the prodigious talent and output of Lennon-McCartney.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His own prodigious creative talent was fuelled by the stuff of the everyday.’
    • ‘In order to be visible at all at the huge distances implied by their redshifts, quasars must produce prodigious amounts of energy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He would listen intently to his mother's lessons and as his prodigious talent became apparent she began to teach him, too.’
    • ‘Each section surveys the church across Africa, and draws together prodigious amounts of information.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Despite her failing eyesight she made prodigious amounts of lace tatting for her clothes, and for family and friends.’
    • ‘Francis in particular is a mightily impressive performer and he and Holt get through a prodigious amount of work in matches.’
    • ‘He took a prodigious amount of drugs washed down with booze.’
    • ‘She has charmed the world with her prodigious talent and her level-headed approach to her growing celebrity.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.

    ‘rumors 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).