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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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prodigious

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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
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prodigious

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

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

[prəˈdɪdʒəs] adjprodigioso/a, straordinario/a
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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.
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.
Pulling at the handle, the footman set in motion, to judge by the sound produced, a bell of prodigious size, fitter for a church than a house.
The fourth whom we shall notice had no name that his companions knew of, and was chiefly distinguished by a sneer that always contorted his thin visage, and by a prodigious pair of spectacles, which were supposed to deform and discolor the whole face of nature, to this gentleman's perception.
Its head and its tail were shaped precisely alike, only, not far from the latter, were two small holes that served for nostrils, and through which the monster puffed out its thick breath with prodigious violence, and with a shrieking, disagreeable noise.
Furthermore: you must know that when the second iron is thrown overboard, it thenceforth becomes a dangling, sharp-edged terror, skittishly curvetting about both boat and whale, entangling the lines, or cutting them, and making a prodigious sensation in all directions.
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.
Having stirred this prodigious up- roar, and, apparently, finding it too prodigious, the brigade, after a little time, came marching airily out again with its fine formation in nowise disturbed.
After observing these lively indications for a while, I was attracted to a neighbouring grove by a prodigious squeaking which I heard there.
"Norland is a prodigious beautiful place, is not it?" added Miss Steele.
Their great stems, some of them fully a hundred feet in diameter, attested their prodigious height, which I could only guess at, since at no point could I penetrate their dense foliage above me to more than sixty or eighty feet.
His face, in relation to the rest of him, was prodigious. In order to discover the necessary area, Nature had given him an enormous prognathous jaw.