Definition of "prodigal" [prod•i•gal]

  • Rashly or wastefully extravagant: prodigal expenditures on unneeded weaponry; a prodigal life. (adjective)
  • Giving or given in abundance; lavish or profuse: prodigal praise. See Synonyms at profuse. (adjective)
  • One who is given to wasteful luxury or extravagance. (noun)

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Use "prodigal" in a sentence
  • ""The foogin 'prodigal RETURNS" made me laugh out loud."
  • "The word prodigal, from Greek , doesn’t mean “wayward”; it means “wastefully extravagant.”"
  • "Yo, bible bashing book dad, your bastard prodigal is a man of science."