Definition of tremendous in English:

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Pronunciation: /trəˈmendəs/


1Very great in amount, scale, or intensity: Penny put in a tremendous amount of time there was a tremendous explosion
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  • The helicopter would display their logo providing a tremendous amount of publicity across a vast area.
  • I've met a lot of other people who like it, but I've also heard a tremendous amount of banter about people who don't.
  • The cat can, as you've been experiencing in your country, cause a tremendous amount of damage.
huge, enormous, immense, colossal, massive, prodigious, stupendous, monumental, mammoth, vast, gigantic, giant, mighty, epic, titanic, towering, king-size(d), jumbo, gargantuan, Herculean;
substantial, considerable, Brobdingnagian
informal whopping, astronomical, humongous, ginormous
very loud, deafening, ear-splitting, booming, thundering, thunderous, resounding
1.1 informal Extremely good or impressive; excellent: the crew did a tremendous job
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  • I can imagine she is doing a tremendous job in what must be indescribable circumstances.
  • The National Health Service in York does a tremendous job for many people.
  • We are trying to support the tremendous quality job that they are doing.
excellent, splendid, wonderful, marvelous, magnificent, superb, sublime, lovely, delightful, too good to be true
informal super, great, amazing, fantastic, terrific, sensational, heavenly, divine, fabulous, awesome, to die for, magic, wicked, mind-blowing, splendiferous, far out, out of this world, brilliant, boss, swell



Pronunciation: /trəˈmendəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • He towered over our tent and blotted out the sun with his freakishly large tremendousness.
  • Whatever the thing could have been, my impression is of tremendousness, or of bulk many times that of all meteorites in all museums combined: also of relative slowness, or of long warning of approach.
  • ‘It was just so hard to understand the tremendousness of what was happening.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin tremendus (gerundive of tremere 'tremble') + -ous.

  • Tremendous goes back to Latin tremere ‘to tremble’, and had the original sense of something that makes you tremble (Middle English). Trepidation (Late Middle English) and intrepid (late 17th century) are from the related trepidare ‘tremble’.

Words that rhyme with tremendous

horrendous, stupendous

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Syllabification: tre·men·dous

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