prodigal

[ prod-i-guhl ]
/ ˈprɒd ɪ gəl /

adjective

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.

noun

a person who spends, or has spent, his or her money or substance with wasteful extravagance; spendthrift.

Origin of prodigal

First recorded in 1500–10; back formation from prodigality

OTHER WORDS FROM prodigal

prod·i·gal·ly, adverb

synonym study for prodigal

1. See lavish.
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British Dictionary definitions for prodigal

prodigal
/ (ˈprɒdɪɡəl) /

adjective

recklessly wasteful or extravagant, as in disposing of goods or money
lavish in giving or yieldingprodigal of compliments

noun

a person who spends lavishly or squanders money

Derived forms of prodigal

prodigality, nounprodigally, adverb

Word Origin for prodigal

C16: from Medieval Latin prōdigālis wasteful, from Latin prōdigus lavish, from prōdigere to squander, from pro- 1 + agere to drive
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