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prod·i·gal

 (prŏd′ĭ-gəl)
adj.
1. Rashly or wastefully extravagant: prodigal expenditures on unneeded weaponry; a prodigal nephew who squandered his inheritance.
2. Giving or given in abundance; lavish or profuse: "the infinite number of organic beings with which the sea of the tropics, so prodigal of life, teems" (Charles Darwin). See Synonyms at profuse.
n.
One who is given to wasteful luxury or extravagance.

[Late Middle English, probably back-formation from Middle English prodigalite, from Old French, from Late Latin prōdigālitās, from Latin prōdigus, prodigal, from prōdigere, to drive away, squander : prōd-, prō-, for, forth; see proud + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

prod′i·gal′i·ty (-găl′ĭ-tē) n.
prod′i·gal·ly adv.
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prodigal

(ˈprɒdɪɡəl)
adj
1. recklessly wasteful or extravagant, as in disposing of goods or money
2. lavish in giving or yielding: prodigal of compliments.
n
a person who spends lavishly or squanders money
[C16: from Medieval Latin prōdigālis wasteful, from Latin prōdigus lavish, from prōdigere to squander, from pro-1 + agere to drive]
ˌprodiˈgality n
ˈprodigally adv
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prod•i•gal

(ˈprɒd ɪ gəl)

adj.
1. wastefully or recklessly extravagant.
2. giving or yielding profusely; lavish (usu. fol. by of or with): to be prodigal with money.
3. lavishly abundant; profuse: prodigal resources.
n.
4. a person who spends money or uses resources with wasteful extravagance; wastrel or profligate.
prod′i•gal•ly, adv.
syn: See lavish.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prodigal - a recklessly extravagant consumer
consumer - a person who uses goods or services
scattergood, spend-all, spendthrift, spender - someone who spends money prodigally
waster, wastrel - someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently
Adj.1.prodigal - recklessly wasteful; "prodigal in their expenditures"
wasteful - tending to squander and waste
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prodigal

adjective
2. (often with of) lavish, bountiful, unstinting, unsparing, bounteous, profuse with You are prodigal of both your toil and your talent.
lavish generous, free, liberal, bountiful, open-handed, unstinting
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prodigal

adjective
1. Characterized by excessive or imprudent spending:
2. Given to or marked by unrestrained abundance:
noun
A person who spends money or resources wastefully:
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Translations
marnotratný
ødsel
hóflaus
atgailaujantis paklydėlisišlaidžiaisūnus paklydėlis
izšķērdīgs

prodigal

[ˈprɒdɪgəl]
A. ADJpródigo
prodigal of (frm) → pródigo con
the prodigal sonel hijo pródigo
B. Ndespilfarrador(a) m/f
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prodigal

[ˈprɒdɪgəl] adj (= extravagant) → prodigue
the Prodigal Son → le fils prodigue
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prodigal

adjverschwenderisch; to be prodigal of somethingverschwenderisch mit etw umgehen; the prodigal son (Bibl, fig) → der verlorene Sohn
nVerschwender(in) m(f)
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prodigal

[ˈprɒdɪgl] adjprodigo/a
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prodigal

(ˈprodigəl) adjective
spending (money etc) too extravagantly; wasteful.
ˈprodigally adverb
ˌprodiˈgality (-ˈgӕ-) noun
the prodigal son
1. a disobedient and irresponsible son who wastes money on a life of pleasure and later returns home to ask for his parents' forgiveness.
2. a person who acts irresponsibly and later regrets it.
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References in classic literature ?
"Once it was the Puritan Fathers who left our coasts," he is recorded to have said; "nowadays it is our Prodigal Sons."
There, Civilization, acting through the subtle medium of the Saucepan, recovered its hold on them; and the admiral's two prodigal sons, when they saw the covers removed, watered at the mouth as copiously as ever.
The uninvited guest Free and easy manners Salutary jokes A prodigal son Exit of the glutton A sudden change in fortune Danger of a visit to poor relations Plucking of a prosperous man A vagabond toilet A substitute for the very fine horse Hard travelling The uninvited guest and the patriarchal colt A beggar on horseback A catastrophe Exit of the merry vagabond
He had been a kind of prodigal son in his native village; living a loose, heedless life, and disregarding the precepts and imperative commands of the chiefs.
"Have you never thought of marrying your prodigal son Anatole?" she asked.
Maggie actually forgot that she had any special cause of sadness this morning, as she stood on a chair to look at a remarkable series of pictures representing the Prodigal Son in the costume of Sir Charles Grandison, except that, as might have been expected from his defective moral character, he had not, like that accomplished hero, the taste and strength of mind to dispense with a wig.
Leaving the ground with the air of a father mourning over some prodigal son, he encountered Mr Jacob Dodson, of Manchester.
No poor, simple, virtuous body was ever cajoled by the attentions of an electioneering politician with more ease than Aunt Chloe was won over by Master Sam's suavities; and if he had been the prodigal son himself, he could not have been overwhelmed with more maternal bountifulness; and he soon found himself seated, happy and glorious, over a large tin pan, containing a sort of olla podrida of all that had appeared on the table for two or three days past.
"I may say, steward," the Ancient Mariner resumed, "that I was born with a silver spoon that melted in my mouth and left me a proper prodigal son. Also, that I was born with a back-bone of pride that would not melt.
The wicked wolf that for a half a day had paralyzed London and set all the children in town shivering in their shoes, was there in a sort of penitent mood, and was received and petted like a sort of vulpine prodigal son. Old Bilder examined him all over with most tender solicitude, and when he had finished with his penitent said,
Occasionally, some youth among them who has over- eaten himself, or has been worried by dogs, trots shrinkingly homeward, like a prodigal son: but this is a rare case: perfect self-possession and self-reliance, and immovable composure, being their foremost attributes.
If you had just run away and come back again with a headache, I'd have treated you like the Prodigal Son. But there are some things which are too much, and bringing a perfect stranger back with you for an indefinite period is one of them.