Definition of prodigal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

prodigal

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈprɒdɪɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːdɪɡl//
 
(formal, disapproving)
 
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  • too willing to spend money or waste time, energy or materials synonym extravagant a prodigal administration
  • Word Origin late Middle English: from late Latin prodigalis, from Latin prodigus ‘lavish’.Idioms a person who leaves home and wastes their money and time on a life of pleasure, but who later is sorry about this and returns home
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prodigal