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pro·di·gious

 (prə-dĭj′əs)
adj.
1. Impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous: a prodigious storm.
2. Extraordinary; marvelous: a prodigious talent.
3. Obsolete Portentous; ominous.

[Latin prōdigiōsus, portentous, monstrous, from prōdigium, omen.]

pro·di′gious·ly adv.
pro·di′gious·ness n.

prodigious

(prəˈdɪdʒəs)
adj
1. vast in size, extent, power, etc
2. wonderful or amazing
3. obsolete threatening
[C16: from Latin prōdigiōsus marvellous, from prōdigium, see prodigy]
proˈdigiously adv
proˈdigiousness n

pro•di•gious

(prəˈdɪdʒ əs)

adj.
1. extraordinary in size, amount, extent, etc.
2. arousing admiration or amazement: a prodigious feat.
3. abnormal; monstrous.
4. Obs. ominous.
[1545–55; < Latin prōdigiōsus marvelous. See prodigy, -ous]
pro•di′gious•ly, adv.
pro•di′gious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prodigious - so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe; "colossal crumbling ruins of an ancient temple"; "has a colossal nerve"; "a prodigious storm"; "a stupendous field of grass"; "stupendous demand"
big, large - above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a large city"; "set out for the big city"; "a large sum"; "a big (or large) barn"; "a large family"; "big businesses"; "a big expenditure"; "a large number of newspapers"; "a big group of scientists"; "large areas of the world"
2.prodigious - of momentous or ominous significance; "such a portentous...monster raised all my curiosity"- Herman Melville; "a prodigious vision"
significant, important - important in effect or meaning; "a significant change in tax laws"; "a significant change in the Constitution"; "a significant contribution"; "significant details"; "statistically significant"
3.prodigious - far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree; "a night of exceeding darkness"; "an exceptional memory"; "olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy"; "the young Mozart's prodigious talents"
extraordinary - beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature"

prodigious

prodigious

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Translations

prodigious

[prəˈdɪdʒəs] ADJ [amount, quantity] → enorme, ingente; [appetite] → enorme; [memory, energy] → prodigioso
she is a prodigious readerlee una barbaridad

prodigious

[prəˈdɪdʒəs] adj [amount, sum, memory, appetite] → prodigieux/euse

prodigious

adj (= vast)ungeheuer, außerordentlich; (= marvellous)erstaunlich, wunderbar

prodigious

[prəˈdɪdʒəs] adjprodigioso/a, straordinario/a
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Could swim like a duck, paddled round the castle till he came to a little door guarded by two stout fellows, knocked their heads together till they cracked like a couple of nuts, then, by a trifling exertion of his prodigious strength, he smashed in the door, went up a pair of stone steps covered with dust a foot thick, toads as big as your fist, and spiders that would frighten you into hysterics, MIss March.
The scout and his companions did not neglect this advantage, but the instant they were hid from observation by the bushes, they redoubled efforts that before had seemed prodigious.
Shortly after, there was a prodigious cackling and gratulation of Chanticleer and all his family, including the wizened chicken, who appeared to understand the matter quite as well as did his sire, his mother, or his aunt.
There were naturally things that in Flora's presence could pass between us only as prodigious and gratified looks, obscure and roundabout allusions.
I considered the matter a moment, and then up stairs we went, and I was ushered into a small room, cold as a clam, and furnished, sure enough, with a prodigious bed, almost big enough indeed for any four harpooneers to sleep abreast.
A TALK OVER HIM It must be borne in mind that all this time we have a Sperm Whale's prodigious head hanging to the Pequod's side.
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It was a prodigious trip, but delightful, of course, through the Rockies and the Black Hills and the mighty sweep of the Great Plains to civilization and the Missouri border - where the railroading began and the delightfulness ended.
He had no notes, he talked with prodigious rapidity and energy for an hour--then the students began to remind him in certain well-understood ways that his time was up; he seized his hat, still talking, proceeded swiftly down his pulpit steps, got out the last word of his discourse as he struck the floor; everybody rose respectfully, and he swept rapidly down the aisle and disappeared.
Norland is a prodigious beautiful place, is not it?
As the news of my arrival spread through the kingdom, it brought prodigious numbers of rich, idle, and curious people to see me; so that the villages were almost emptied; and great neglect of tillage and household affairs must have ensued, if his imperial majesty had not provided, by several proclamations and orders of state, against this inconveniency.
In the province of Agaus has been seen the unicorn, that beast so much talked of, and so little known: the prodigious swiftness with which this creature runs from one wood into another has given me no opportunity of examining it particularly, yet I have had so near a sight of it as to be able to give some description of it.