from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Extravagant wastefulness.
- n. Profuse generosity.
- n. Extreme abundance; lavishness.
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- n. wasteful extravagance
- n. lavish generosity
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Extravagance in expenditure, particularly of money; excessive liberality; profusion; waste; -- opposed to
frugality, economy, and parsimony.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being prodigal; extravagance in expenditure, particularly of money; profusion; waste.
- n. Excessive or profuse liberality.
- n. Synonyms Wastefulness, lavishness, squandering. See extravagant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. excessive spending
- n. the trait of spending extravagantly
Middle English prodigalite, from Old French, from Late Latin prōdigālitās, from Latin prōdigus, prodigal, from prōdigere, drive away, to squander : prōd-, prō-, for, forth; see proud + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)