Informal Termsa superintendent, esp. of an apartment house:The sink is flooding; call the super.
of the highest degree, power, etc.:a super council.
of an extreme degree:super haste.
Informal Termsvery good; first-rate; excellent:a super job.
Slang Termsvery; extremely:super cooperative.
super- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "above, beyond; above or over (another); situated or located over'':superficial, superimpose, superstructure.
super- is also used to mean "an individual, thing, or property that surpasses customary or normal amounts or levels, as being larger, more powerful, or having something to a great degree or to too great a degree'':supercomputer, superconductivity, supercool, supercritical, superhighway, superhuman, superman.
an article of a superior quality, grade, size, etc.
Insects(in beekeeping) the portion of a hive in which honey is stored.
Radio and Television, Show Business[Television.]an additional image superimposed on the original video image:A super of the guest's name is included under the picture when the guest is introduced.
of the highest degree, power, etc.
of an extreme or excessive degree.
Informal Termsvery good; first-rate; excellent.
Weights and Measures(of measurement) superficial.
Slang Termsvery; extremely or excessively:super classy; a super large portion of food.
1620–30; 1920–25 for def. 8; independent use of super- (construed as an adjective, adjectival or adverb, adverbial), or shortening of words prefixed with it
a prefix occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, with the basic meaning "above, beyond.'' Words formed with super- have the following general senses: "to place or be placed above or over'' (superimpose; supersede), "a thing placed over or added to another'' (superscript; superstructure; supertax), "situated over'' (superficial; superlunary) and, more figuratively, "an individual, thing, or property that exceeds customary norms or levels'' (superalloy; superconductivity; superman; superstar), "an individual or thing larger, more powerful, or with wider application than others of its kind'' (supercomputer; superhighway; superpower; supertanker), "exceeding the norms or limits of a given class'' (superhuman; superplastic), "having the specified property to a great or excessive degree'' (supercritical; superfine; supersensitive), "to subject to (a physical process) to an extreme degree or in an unusual way'' (supercharge; supercool; supersaturate), "a category that embraces a number of lesser items of the specified kind'' (superfamily; supergalaxy), "a chemical compound with a higher proportion than usual of a given constituent'' (superphosphate).
Latin super (preposition and verb, verbal prefix) above, beyond, in addition, to an especially high degree; akin to Greek hypér (see hyper-), Sanskrit upari; see over