phenom

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From phenomenon (remarkable occurrence) by shortening. First use in United States around 1890s.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

phenom (plural phenoms)

  1. Someone or something that is phenomenal, especially a young player in sports like baseball, American football, basketball, tennis, and golf
  2. One who is hip and fashionable

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used sarcastically or in jest.

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