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Prodigal meaning

prodigal - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. Given to extravagant expenditure; expending money or other things without necessity; recklessly or viciously profuse; lavish; wasteful; not frugal or economical; as, a prodigal man; the prodigal son; prodigal giving; prodigal expenses.
  2. 2. One who expends money extravagantly, viciously, or without necessity; one that is profuse or lavish in any expenditure; a waster; a spendthrift.
  3. 3. Lavish; wasteful.
  4. 4. Prodigality.

prodigal - examples of usage

  1. We come from a very prodigal family, we do, we've all gone in ter double figures, except your Aunt Mary, who only 'ad three- but then she wasn't married, so it didn't count, like. - "Liza of Lambeth", W. Somerset Maugham.
  2. None of your prodigal sons for me! - "Liza of Lambeth", W. Somerset Maugham.
  3. But he was growing poor, and they called to mind that brief spell of extravagance years ago, and pointed out to their acquaintances how the sin of the Prodigal was coming home to him. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
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