prodigal

  • 1 Prodigal — may refer to *a spendthrift, or person who spends money recklessly and wastefully * The Prodigal , a 1955 epic biblical film * The Prodigal , a Season 1 episode of the TV show Angel * Prodigal , a Season 2 episode of the TV show Smallville *… …

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  • 2 Prodigal — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 prodigal — ► ADJECTIVE 1) wastefully extravagant. 2) lavish. ► NOUN 1) a prodigal person. 2) (also prodigal son) a person who leaves home to lead a prodigal life but returns repentant. [ORIGIN: with allusion to the parable in the Gospel of Luke, chapter… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 prodigal — [adj1] wasteful dissipated, excessive, extravagant, immoderate, improvident, intemperate, lavish, profligate, reckless, spendthrift, squandering, wanton; concepts 401,560 Ant. careful, thrifty prodigal [adj2] luxurious, profuse abundant,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 prodigal — [präd′i gəl] adj. [MFr < L prodigus, prodigal < prodigere, to drive forth or away, waste < pro , forth + agere, to drive: see PRO 2 & ACT1] 1. exceedingly or recklessly wasteful 2. extremely generous; lavish [prodigal with one s praise] …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 prodigal# — prodigal adj *profuse, lavish, exuberant, luxuriant, lush Analogous words: extravagant, exorbitant, immoderate, *excessive: abundant, *plentiful, plenteous, ample, copious: *supererogatory, uncalled for, gratuitous Antonyms: parsimonious: frugal… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 Prodigal — 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. Trench. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 prodigal — I adjective careless, dissipated, dissipative, excessive, extravagant, heedless, immoderate, improvident, imprudent, intemperate, lavish, liberal, profligate, reckless, spendthrift, squandering, thriftless, unbridled, uncurbed, uneconomical,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 prodigal — mid 15c., back formation from prodigiality (mid 14c.), from O.Fr. prodigalite (13c.), from L.L. prodigalitatem (nom. prodigalitas) wastefulness, from L. prodigus wasteful, from prodigere drive away, waste, from pro forth (see PRO (Cf. pro )) +… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 prodigal — I UK [ˈprɒdɪɡ(ə)l] / US [ˈprɑdɪɡ(ə)l] adjective formal wasting a lot of money or supplies Derived word: prodigality UK [ˌprɒdɪˈɡælətɪ] / US [ˌprɑdɪˈɡælətɪ] noun uncountable II = prodigal son prodigal UK [ˈprɒdɪɡ(ə)l] / US [ˈprɑdɪɡ(ə)l] or… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 prodigal — [[t]prɒ̱dɪg(ə)l[/t]] prodigals 1) ADJ: 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] …

    English dictionary

  • 12 prodigal — I. adjective Etymology: Latin prodigus, from prodigere to drive away, squander, from pro , prod forth + agere to drive more at pro , agent Date: 15th century 1. characterized by profuse or wasteful expenditure ; lavish < a prodigal feast > <… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 prodigal — prodigally, adv. /prod i geuhl/, adj. 1. wastefully or recklessly extravagant: prodigal expenditure. 2. giving or yielding profusely; lavish (usually fol. by of or with): prodigal of smiles; prodigal with money. 3. lavishly abundant; profuse:… …

    Universalium

  • 14 prodigal — 1 adjective 1 tending to waste what you have, especially money: a prodigal lifestyle (+ of/with): Don t be so prodigal of your time. 2 formal giving or producing large amounts of something; lavish 1 (1): a prodigal feast (+ of): The garden was… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 prodigal — 1. adjective a) wastefully extravagant. He found himself guilty of prodigal spending during the holidays. b) someone yielding profusely, lavish He is not a prodigal son …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 prodigal — prod|i|gal1 [ˈprɔdıgəl US ˈpra: ] adj [usually before noun] formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: prodigus, from prodigere to drive away, use wastefully ] 1.) prodigal son/daughter someone who leaves their family and home without the approval …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 prodigal — adjective 1》 wastefully extravagant. 2》 lavish. noun a prodigal person. ↘(also prodigal son or daughter) a person who leaves home to lead a prodigal life but returns repentant. [with allusion to the parable in Luke 15:11–32.] Derivatives… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 prodigal — adjective 1) prodigal habits die hard Syn: wasteful, extravagant, spendthrift, profligate, improvident, imprudent Ant: thrifty 2) a composer who is prodigal with his talents Syn: generous …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 prodigal — /ˈprɒdɪgəl / (say prodiguhl) adjective 1. wastefully or recklessly extravagant: prodigal expenditure. 2. lavishly abundant; profuse. –noun 3. someone who spends, or has spent, their money or substance with wasteful extravagance; a spendthrift.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 prodigal — prod|i|gal1 [ pradıgl ] adjective FORMAL wasting a lot of money or supplies ╾ prod|i|gal|i|ty / ,prAdI gælEti / noun uncount prodigal prod|i|gal 2 [ pradıgl ] or ,prodigal son noun count LITERARY someone who leaves home and does a lot of things… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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