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Word of the Day 03/16/19 Prodigal

Prodigal (adjective, noun)
prodigal [prod-i-guhl]


adjective
1. wastefully or recklessly extravagant: prodigal expenditure.
2. giving or yielding profusely; lavish (usually followed by of or with ): prodigal of smiles; prodigal with money.
3. lavishly abundant; profuse: nature's prodigal resources.

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

Related forms
prod·i·gal·ly , adverb

Related Words
spendthrift, wanton, profligate, lush, waster, wastrel, sport, spender, squanderer, dissipated, excessive, extravagant, immoderate, improvident, intemperate, lavish, reckless, abundant, bountiful, copious

Synonyms
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1. profligate. 2, 3. copious, bounteous. 4. waster, wastrel.

Synonym study
1. See lavish.

Antonyms
1. cautious, provident.

Origin: First recorded in 1500–10; back formation from prodigality

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