Word forms: prodigals
COBUILD Advanced British English Dictionary1. adjective [usu ADJ n]You can describe someone as a prodigal son or daughter if they leave their family or friends, often after a period of behaving badly, and then return at a later time as a better person. [literary] ⇒ ...the parable of the prodigal son.Prodigal is also a noun. ⇒ ...the prodigal had returned.2. adjective [usu ADJ n]Someone who behaves in a prodigal way spends a lot of money carelessly without thinking about what will happen when they have none left. ⇒ Prodigal habits die hard.