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prodigal (ˈprɒdɪɡəl



  1. recklessly wasteful or extravagant, as in disposing of goods or money
  2. lavish in giving or yielding   ⇒  ■ prodigal of compliments



  1. a person who spends lavishly or squanders money

Derived Forms

ˌprodiˈgality  noun
ˈprodigally  adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin prōdigālis wasteful, from Latin prōdigus lavish, from prōdigere to squander, from pro-1 + agere to drive

Example Sentences Including 'prodigal'

The sons of George III had been prodigal breeders, hadn't they?
Butler, Gwendoline Coffin in Fashion
He greeted the return of the prodigal with as little surprise as if I'd been away in Blackpool for a long weekend.
Harris, Elizabeth Time of the Wolf
The Space Jump is risky, it's fearfully prodigal of energy and therefore it's enormously expensive.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2


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