from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A phenomenon, especially a remarkable or outstanding person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone or something that is phenomenal, especially a young player in sports like baseball, American football, basketball, tennis, and golf
  • n. One who is hip and fashionable


From phenomenon ("remarkable occurrence") by shortening. First use in United States around 1890s. (Wiktionary)


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