From Middle French prodigieux, from Latin prodigiosus (“unnatural, strange, wonderful, marvelous”), from prodigium (“an omen, portent, monster”).
prodigious (comparative more prodigious, superlative most prodigious)
- Very big in size or quantity; gigantic; colossal; huge.
1749, John Cleland, “part 3”, in Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, London: G. Fenton, OCLC 13050889:
- Its prodigious size made me shrink again; yet I could not, without pleasure, behold, and even ventur'd to feel, such a length, such a breadth of animated ivory!
- extraordinarily exciting or amazing
- (obsolete) ominous, portentous
- monstrous; freakish