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It means great, fantastic, extremely cool. It can also be used as an exclamation, or as a way to describe something that surprises and delights you, similar to the words 'stupendous' or 'wonderful.'
It is from the song in "Mary Poppins" (1964), and is suggested as "something to say when you don't know what to say."
The word is a neologism, meaning it was created (for the movie), but variations existed as early as 1949.

Root Meanings

A semi-serious analysis of each part of the word can produce the alternate definition, which roughly means - Atoning for educability through delicate beauty.

The roots of the word have been defined as follows:
  • super- "above"
  • cali- "beauty"
  • fragilistic- "delicate"
  • expiali- "to atone"
  • docious- "educable"

Opinions from other members of the WikiAnswers community:
  • It means that it's completely totally awesome!
  • In fact it is a word from one of the songs in the movie "Mary Poppins." Spoiler Alert: It also has 14 syllables.
  • It is a 34 letter English word used in The Disney Musical Mary Poppins.
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a word used to denote nonsense or foolery. It has no real 'meaning' but is only used to express silliness.
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - a nonsense word meaning fantastic; a nonsense word by children to express approval or to represent the longest word in English.
  • Meaningless, but now used as "Great!"
  • Well, according to the Mary Poppins movie it is a word you say when you have nothing to say. Go figure.
  • It is a joke word, made up of pseudo- roots and affixes, meant to be funny for sounding like it means something learnèd, without actually meaning anything at all. That jumble of elements cannot be properly construed to have meaning. Creating joke words that look real takes talent and knowledge. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is one of many clever bits in "Mary Poppins" Let's not spoil the fun by forcing it to "mean" something.
  • It was a word used in the movie Mary Poppins , it means when you are really, really, happy.
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a word from a song of the same name in the musical film production of "Mary Poppins," written by Robert and Richard Sherman. It has no explicit meaning per se, but in the movie, after Mary Poppins wins the carousel horse race, she claims there is a very good word to explain how she feels about winning, and then breaks into song about supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
  • This is a feel good word. You say it when you wish to lift your spirits.
  • It is something you say when you don't have anything to say.
  • it does not mean anything, it is a song from a character named "Mary Poppins"
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is an English word in the song with the same title in the musical film Mary Poppins. The song was written by the Sherman Brothers, and sung by Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke. It also appears in the stage show version of Mary Poppins.
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious means that, obviously, you've bumped into Mary Poppins. UNLUCKY!!!!
  • Nobody really made a meaning for this word. That is why you can not find it in the dictionary.
  • Mary uses it in the movie to describe her feelings after winning a horse race. It can also be used as an exclamation of joy.
  • It doesn't really 'mean' anything. It was a nonsense word created for the movie version of "Mary Poppins."
  • Nothing.
  • This word does not mean anything. It is a nonsense word in a story by P. L. Travers. Mary Poppins uses the word when she cannot think of anything else to say.
  • The abbreviated form of that word is 'cool.'
  • It is a word to say when you don't know what to say.
  • Whatever you want it to mean! supercalifragilisticexpialidocious can mean anything you want.
  • Nothing. It is a silly word and I like it.
  • It means a long word. Since it is long. I looked in a dictionary and it says supercalifragilisticexpialidocious means A LONG WORD.
  • It was invented for Mary Poppins in the movie. It's not in P.L. Travers' books. It is a made-up word with no meaning, But if you say it loud enough, you'll always sound precocious.
  • It's just Mary Poppins trademark greeting. nothing more.
  • It doesn't have an official meaning at all; some people use it to make people seem like they can't spell.
  • As explained in the movie Mary Poppins, it is something to say when you do not know what to say. It has no expressed meaning beyond that. However, it is a fun song to sing and it's amusing to say.
  • It is a word used when you can't think of something to say or forgot what you were going to say. I looked up in the dictionary.
  • From the Disney film "Mary Poppins", the film defines it as "What you say when you don't know what to say." It can mean anything you want it to mean.
  • The word has origins from earlier films as well, but Mary Poppins is the best remembered source of the word.
  • It is a made up word for a Disney film. It's literal meaning is: Fantastic, most wonderful.
  • Really really really really GOOD!!!
  • It means you need a life.
  • It's a very long word in a Disney movie called "Mary Poppins." She sings a song about this nonsense word and it sticks. try looking it up on youtube! It's become a pop culture reference to very long words, or nonsense words, in general, as most Americans have heard the song or seen the movie.
  • Seriously...if you have nothing else to do but research this word...well my friend you need help.
  • Not a's just a fictional word from the book/movie "Mary Poppins."
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious means absolutely nothing. Writers of Children's material in the English language sometimes create nonsense words especially in fantasy. The scene in which that word appears in the movie Mary Poppins occurs when the group jumps into a picture. Even children should realize that scene is pure fantasy. When they leave the picture, they return to the world of reality. While the word is nonsense, it is also English nonsense. It sounds like it should mean something. It begins with a perfectly good English word, Super. It ends with a perfectly good English ending, "ious." It contains a number of perfectly good English syllables. Still, the word is meaningless. Other such meaningless words occur in Alice in Wonderland. Many other children's books use nonsense words not found in dictionaries.
  • Something quite atrocious
  • Oh, you always sound precocious!
  • It mean the heck with it, tralalala, it is supposed you make you feel good when you say it, because it's fun and light hearted. It means don't take everything so seriously.
  • It is a made up word from a children's film called Mary Poppins that means something is really good/fantastic.
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a nonsense word. The critics' belief that the word itself has obscure origins has created some debate about when it was first used historically. According to Richard M. Sherman, co-writer of the song with his brother, Robert, the word was created by them in two weeks, mostly out of double-talk. Roots of the word have been defined as follows: super- "above," cali- "beauty," fragilistic- "delicate," expiali- "to atone," and docious- "educable," with the sum of these parts signifying roughly "Atoning for educability through delicate beauty." This explication of its connotations suits the nature of fictional Mary Poppins, who presents herself as both extremely beautiful and also supremely intelligent and capable of great achievements. However, it should be noted that although the word contains recognizable English morphemes, it does not follow the rules of English morphology as a whole. The morpheme -istic is a suffix in English, whereas the morpheme ex- is typically a prefix; so following normal English morphological rules, it would represent two words: supercalifragilistic and expialidocious. Additionally, according to the 1964 Walt Disney film, it's defined as "what you say when you don't know what to say."
  • It is a made up word in Mary Poppins which supposedly indicated something so wonderful a new name had to be made up for it.
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The word is from a song of the same name, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." It appears in the 1964 musical film Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews. It is not an actual wo

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