extravagant

[ ik-strav-uh-guhnt ]
/ ɪkˈstræv ə gənt /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. extraterritoriality,
  2. extratropical cyclone,
  3. extrauterine,
  4. extravagance,
  5. extravagancy,
  6. extravagantes,
  7. extravaganza,
  8. extravagate,
  9. extravaginal,
  10. extravasate

Origin of extravagant

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin extrāvagant- (stem of extrāvagāns), present participle of extrāvagārī, equivalent to extrā- extra- + vagārī to wander

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British Dictionary definitions for extravagant

extravagant

/ (ɪkˈstrævəɡənt) /

adjective

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

extravagant

adj.

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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