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prodigal

prod·i·gal

prodigal

 
 
pronunciation:
pra dih gl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: imprudent and excessive in spending; extravagant.
The prodigal young man had squandered the money his father had given him to start up his business.
synonyms:
extravagant, profligate, spendthrift
antonyms:
frugal, parsimonious, thrifty
similar words:
improvident, inordinate, squandering, thriftless, wasteful
definition 2: giving profusely or abundantly; lavish or bountiful (often fol. by of or with).
antonyms:
parsimonious, stingy
similar words:
lavish
 
part of speech: noun
definition: one who expends funds, resources, or abilities wastefully.
synonyms:
spendthrift
similar words:
profligate, squanderer, wastrel
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derivation: prodigally (adv.)
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