Share this entry

stupendous Syllabification: stu·pen·dous
Pronunciation: /st(y)o͞oˈpendəs/

Definition of stupendous in English:

adjective

informal
Extremely impressive: a stupendous display of technique
More example sentences
  • Perched on at least three different levels, it enjoys a stupendous view over the Nile south of Aswan city centre.
  • We climbed the mountain for stupendous views of the west coast.
  • I noticed out the window an absolutely stupendous view over Westminster.
Synonyms

Derivatives

stupendously

1
Pronunciation: /st(y)o͞oˈpendəslē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • We have two buildings by that architect here in town; one is a rip-off of an old Roman temple in France - er, Gaul - and the other is a stupendously bad monolith on Washington Avenue.
  • Here's a trade secret that could get this column suspended from journalism's equivalent of the Magic Circle: there is a way to be stupendously well informed without reading absolutely everything.
  • Myself, I'm mostly haunted by retrospectively realising that what made perfect sense at the time was actually stupendously wrong and/or offensive and/or thoughtless.

stupendousness

2
Pronunciation: /st(y)o͞oˈpendəsnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • Old as the hills - and, as I look out upon the tortured granite peaks of Mogok, I endeavor to appreciate the stupendousness of that antiquity.
  • My imagination is to an extent crushed by the stupendousness of reality.
  • The company's tendency to choke a good idea with too many embellishments wasn't so much held in check here as surrendered to the stupendousness of the place.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin stupendus 'to be wondered at' (gerundive of stupere) + -ous.

Words that rhyme with stupendous

horrendous, tremendous

Definition of stupendous in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words