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PRODIGAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prodigal mean? 

PRODIGAL (noun)
  The noun PRODIGAL has 1 sense:

1. a recklessly extravagant consumer

  Familiarity information: PRODIGAL used as a noun is very rare.


PRODIGAL (adjective)
  The adjective PRODIGAL has 3 senses:

1. very generous
2. recklessly wasteful
3. marked by rash extravagance

  Familiarity information: PRODIGAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRODIGAL (noun)


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Meaning:

A recklessly extravagant consumer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

prodigal; squanderer; profligate

Hypernyms ("prodigal" is a kind of...):

consumer (a person who uses goods or services)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prodigal"):

scattergood; spend-all; spender; spendthrift (someone who spends money prodigally)

waster; wastrel (someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently)


PRODIGAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Very generous

Synonyms:

unstinting; unstinted; unsparing; too-generous; prodigal; overgenerous; munificent; lavish

Context examples:

distributed gifts with a lavish hand / the critics were lavish in their praise / a munificent gift / his father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent / prodigal praise / unsparing generosity / his unstinted devotion / called for unstinting aid to Britain

Similar:

generous (willing to give and share unstintingly)


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Meaning:

Recklessly wasteful

Synonyms:

profligate; spendthrift; extravagant; prodigal

Context example:

prodigal in their expenditures

Similar:

wasteful (tending to squander and waste)


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Meaning:

Marked by rash extravagance

Context example:

led a prodigal life

Similar:

improvident (not provident; not providing for the future)


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