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



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 Originlate 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