• (British) IPA: /ˈpɹɒdɪɡəl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpɹɑdɪɡəl/, [ˈpʰɹɑɾɪɡɫ̩]


  1. Wastefully extravagant.
    He found himself guilty of prodigal spending during the holidays.
    He is a prodigal son.
  2. (often, followed by of or with) Yielding profusely, lavish.
    She was a merry person, glad and prodigal of smiles.
    How can he be so prodigal with money on such a tight budget?
  3. Profuse, lavishly abundant.
  4. (by allusion to the Biblical parable of the prodigal son) returning after abandoning a person, group, or ideal, especially for selfish reasons; behaving as a prodigal son.
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prodigal (plural prodigals)

  1. A prodigal person, a spendthrift.

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