Origin of prodigal
Synonyms for prodigal
Antonyms for prodigal
Related Words for prodigallychiefly, generally, mostly, widely, principally, broadly, predominantly, handsomely, freely, lavishly, abundantly, amply, liberally, prodigally, considerably, extensively, generously, grandly, magnificently, mainly
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Historical Examples of 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.
Word Origin for prodigal
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).