spending much more than is necessary or wise; wasteful: an extravagant shopper.
excessively high: extravagant expenses; extravagant prices.
exceeding the bounds of reason, as actions, demands, opinions, or passions.
going beyond what is deserved or justifiable: extravagant praise.
Obsolete. wandering beyond bounds.

Origin of extravagant

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin extrāvagant- (stem of extrāvagāns), present participle of extrāvagārī, equivalent to extrā- extra- + vagārī to wander
Related formsex·trav·a·gant·ly, adverbex·trav·a·gant·ness, nouno·ver·ex·trav·a·gant, adjectiveo·ver·ex·trav·a·gant·ly, adverbun·ex·trav·a·gant, adjectiveun·ex·trav·a·gant·ly, adverb

Synonyms for extravagant

Antonyms for extravagant

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Examples from the Web for extravagant

Contemporary Examples of extravagant

Historical Examples of extravagant

  • As to this, extravagant pretensions have sometimes been advanced.

  • Manifestations of extravagant thirst, which water could not satisfy.

  • The Inca indulges in extravagant expressions of love for his daughter.

    Apu Ollantay


  • It is foolish and extravagant of me to want a second story when there are just the two of us.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • The vegetation was extravagant in its luxuriance and splendor.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for extravagant



spending money excessively or immoderately
going beyond usual bounds; unrestrainedextravagant praise
ostentatious; showy
exorbitant in price; overpriced
Derived Formsextravagantly, adverb

Word Origin for extravagant

C14: from Medieval Latin extravagāns, from Latin extra- + vagārī to wander
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Word Origin and History for extravagant

late 14c., from Medieval Latin extravagantem, originally a word in Canon Law for uncodified papal decrees, present participle of extravagari "wander outside or beyond," from Latin extra "outside of" (see extra-) + vagari "wander, roam" (see vague). Extended sense of "excessive, extreme" first recorded 1590s; that of "wasteful, lavish" 1711. Related: Extravagantly.

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