American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Rashly or wastefully extravagant: prodigal expenditures on unneeded weaponry; a prodigal life.
- adj. Giving or given in abundance; lavish or profuse: prodigal praise. See Synonyms at profuse.
- n. One who is given to wasteful luxury or extravagance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Given to extravagant expenditure; expending money or other property without necessity; profuse; lavish; wasteful: said of persons: as, a prodigal man; the prodigal son.
- Profuse; lavish; wasteful: said of things: as, a prodigal expenditure of money.
- Very liberal; lavishly bountiful: as, nature is prodigal of her gifts.
- Proud. Synonyms Lavish, Profuse, etc. See
- n. One who expends money extravagantly or without necessity; one who is profuse or lavish; a waster; a spendthrift. With the definite article, the prodigal, the term, taken from the ordinary chapter-heading, is used to designate the younger son in Christ's parable, Luke xv. 11-32.
- n. In civil law. a person of full age for whom, by judicial authority, a curator is appointed, by reason of his inability to attend to his obligations and estate.
- adj. wastefully extravagant.
- adj. someone yielding profusely, lavish
- adj. profuse, lavishly abundant
- adj. returning after abandoning a person, group, or ideal, especially for selfish reasons; being a prodigal son.
- n. A prodigal person, a spendthrift.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Given to extravagant expenditure; expending money or other things without necessity; recklessly or viciously profuse; lavish; wasteful; not frugal or economical
- n. One who expends money extravagantly, viciously, or without necessity; one that is profuse or lavish in any expenditure; a waster; a spendthrift.
- adj. recklessly wasteful
- n. a recklessly extravagant consumer
- From Late Latin prodigalis ("wasteful"), from Latin prodigus ("wasteful, lavish, prodigal"), from prodigere ("to consume, squander, drive forth"), from pro ("before, forward") + agere ("to drive"). (Wiktionary)
- Probably back-formation from prodigality. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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