Origin of prolific
Synonyms for prolific
Antonyms for prolific
Related Words for prolificitypregnancy, virility, potency, productivity, abundance, productiveness, fecundity, prolificacy, puberty, richness, gravidity, fruitfulness, copiousness, luxuriance, pubescence, prolificness
Word Origin for prolific
1640s, from French prolifique (16c.), from Medieval Latin prolificus, from Latin proles "offspring" + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Latin proles is contracted from *pro-oles, from PIE *pro-al-, from *pro- "forth" (see pro-) + *al- "to grow, nourish" (see old). Related: Prolifical (c.1600).
Prolific is in common use, but to make a satisfactory noun from it has passed the wit of man. [Fowler]