American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang A phenomenon, especially a remarkable or outstanding person.
- From phenomenon ("remarkable occurrence") by shortening. First use in United States around 1890s. (Wiktionary)
“My corollary to this phenom is the plain-clothes adults trick or treating with an infant sleeping in a stroller - yeah, because the 4 month old will be digging into the laffy taffy any day soon.”
“WR Marcus Lucas — A 6-4 prep phenom from the Kansas City area, Lucas figures to compete immediately for a job at MU's outside receiver positions.”
“The 5-foot-7-inch, 150-pound rookie phenom is among the NFL leaders in kickoff and punt returns.”
“October 22, 2008 at 1: 33 am as Good as ghost walk was The rising phenom is hard to beat.”
“Well the quicksand phenom, is just about to take a new turn.”
“Well, it may not be a word, but the third YouTube phenom is 'Chunky Pam' a full-figured white woman, who raps in defense of Jersey on YouTube.”
“NEW YORK Sidney Crosby, the 17-year-old hockey phenom, is a household name in Canada.”
“Columbus LW Rick Nash: Blue Jackets phenom is a budding, elite power forward with Cam Neely potential.”
“Rodriguez, the Angels phenom from a year ago, showed how important it is to have a dominant setup man, as he blazed his way to five wins in the postseason.”
“Clement, who had a rocky season himself, and bringing in phenom Josh Beckett.”
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