- 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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