First attested in the 1940s, it was made famous by its use in a song of the same title in the movie Mary Poppins (1964), by songwriters Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman. Likely formed from the following roots: super- + cali- + fragilistic- + expiali- + doc + -ious.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˌsuːpə(ɹ)ˌkalɨˌfɹad͡ʒɨˌlɪstɪkˌɛkspiːˌælɨˈdəʊʃəs/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ˌsupɚˌkæləˌfɹæd͡ʒəˌlɪstɪkˌɛkspiˌæləˈdoʊʃəs/, [ˌsupɚˌkʰælɪ̈ˌfɹæd͡ʒɪ̈ˌlɪstɪkˌɛkspiˌælɪ̈ˈdoʊ̯ʃəs]
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- Rhymes: -əʊʃəs
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (not comparable)
- (humorous) Fantastic, very wonderful
- 1964 August 27, Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins:
- It's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
- supercalifragilistic (shortening)
Often cited as an example of a very long word.