[ US /pɹəˈdɪdʒəs/ ]
[ UK /pɹədˈɪd‍ʒəs/ ]
  1. so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
    colossal crumbling ruins of an ancient temple
    a prodigious storm
    stupendous demand
    has a colossal nerve
    a stupendous field of grass
  2. of momentous or ominous significance
    a prodigious vision
    such a portentous...monster raised all my curiosity
  3. far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
    the young Mozart's prodigious talents
    a night of exceeding darkness
    olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy
    an exceptional memory
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How To Use prodigious In A Sentence

  • Also the competition (as it's not all that hard to play)'s prodigious, even at youth orchestra level, so, in addition to playing something which almost often simply sounds flutey, it's very hard to get anywhere.
  • Ye same did rede a portion of his "Venus and Adonis," to their prodigious admiration, whereas I, being sleepy and fatigued withal, did deme it but paltry stuff, and was the more discomforted in that ye blody bucanier had got his wind again, and did turn his mind to farting with such villain zeal that presently I was like to choke once more. 1601
  • The prodigiously capable Louise, for instance, is weighing the relative claims upon her imagination of long jumping and bobsleigh.
  • There was nothing the matter with the director's plans on this occasion; every detail of the "freshet" had been made ready for with exactness and with prodigious regard to detail. Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest Or, The Indian Girl Star of the Movies
  • The tide, too, which had hitherto favoured us, now turned against us and drove us to the eastward with prodigious rapidity, so that we were in great anxiety for the Wager and the Anna pink, the two sternmost vessels, fearing they would be dashed to pieces against the shore of Staten Land. Anson's Voyage Round the World The Text Reduced
  • I must have a prodigious amount of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up! Mark Twain 
  • After I had observed every flower, and listened to a disquisition on every plant, I was permitted to depart; but first, with great pomp, he plucked a polyanthus and presented it to me, as one conferring a prodigious favour. Agnes Grey
  • And I have a prodigious memory. Times, Sunday Times
  • Laser discs can store prodigious amounts of information.
  • My prodigious (if I may humbly say so myself) drinking is coupled with insatiable eating.
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