I am a non-native speaker in need of a term to describe a strikingly smart person. That is, one who is extraordinary intelligent or has amazing abilities or qualities. I know that a
prodigy is used as a noun to describe such persons and, during research, found:
The definition, as given by oxforddictionaries.com, however, makes me unsure that 'prodigious' suits my needs:
Remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree:
How would a native speaker perceive the usage of prodigious in a context that implies that a character being described is of such strikingly smart nature, and are there any alternatives?
Please note that I know, for example, the term
ingenious but would like to use something even more powerful to describe the utter outstanding nature of the character, if possible.