- wastefully or recklessly extravagant: prodigal expenditure.
- giving or yielding profusely; lavish (usually followed by of or with): prodigal of smiles; prodigal with money.
- lavishly abundant; profuse: nature's prodigal resources.
- a person who spends, or has spent, his or her money or substance with wasteful extravagance; spendthrift.
Origin of prodigal
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Examples from the Web for prodigally
And so to-night I am going to spend them, not prudently on bread, but prodigally on beer.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Indeed, they were sumptuously, lavishly, prodigally provided for.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
He had made his money in mines, rails, ships; and now he was spending it prodigally.The Pagan Madonna
None of art's works, but prodigally strownBy nature, with her negligence divine.On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening,
Here are bred the men whose blood—when the bagpipe blows—is prodigally poured forth on a thousand shores.
- recklessly wasteful or extravagant, as in disposing of goods or money
- lavish in giving or yieldingprodigal of compliments
- a person who spends lavishly or squanders money
Word Origin and History for prodigally
mid-15c., a back-formation from prodigality, or else from Middle French prodigal and directly from Late Latin prodigalis, from Latin prodigus "wasteful," from prodigere "drive away, waste," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + agere "to drive" (see act (v.)). First reference is to prodigial son, from Vulgate Latin filius prodigus (Luke xv:11-32). As a noun, "prodigal person," 1590s, from the adjective (the Latin adjective also was used as a noun).