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Meaning of PRODIGAL

Pronunciation:  'pr√Ędugul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a recklessly extravagant consumer
  2. [adj]  very generous; "distributed gifts with a lavish hand"; "the critics were lavish in their praise"; "a munificent gift"; "his father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent"; "prodigal praise"; "unsparing generosity"; "his unstinted devotion"; "called for unstinting aid to Britain"
  3. [adj]  marked by rash extravagance; "led a prodigal life"
  4. [adj]  recklessly wasteful; "prodigal in their expenditures"

PRODIGAL is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: extravagant, generous, improvident, lavish, munificent, overgenerous, profligate, profligate, spendthrift, squanderer, too-generous, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting, wasteful
 See Also: consumer, spend-all, spender, spendthrift, waster, wastrel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Prod"i*gal\, a. [L. prodigus, from prodigere to drive
    forth, to squander away; pro forward, forth + agere to drive;
    cf. F. prodigue. See {Agent}. ]
    Given to extravagant expenditure; expending money or other
    things without necessity; recklessly or viciously profuse;
    lavish; wasteful; not frugal or economical; as, a prodigal
    man; the prodigal son; prodigal giving; prodigal expenses.
          In fighting fields [patriots] were prodigal of blood.
    Syn: Profuse; lavish; extravagant; squandering; wasteful. See
  2. \Prod"i*gal\, n.
    One who expends money extravagantly, viciously, or without
    necessity; one that is profuse or lavish in any expenditure;
    a waster; a spendthrift. ``Noble prodigals of life.''