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prod·i·gal

prodigal

 
 
pronunciation:
pra dih gl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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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 "with" or "of").
He's always been a prodigal spender when it comes to his friends.You want to please everyone, but you should be less prodigal with your money.She loved her grandchildren and was prodigal of affection toward them.
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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