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NOUN (1)

1. a recklessly extravagant consumer;
[syn: prodigal, profligate, squanderer]


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. recklessly wasteful;
- Example: "prodigal in their expenditures"
[syn: extravagant, prodigal, profligate, spendthrift]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prodigal \Prod"i*gal\, a. [L. prodigus, from prodigere to drive forth, to squander away; pro forward, forth + agere to drive; cf. F. prodigue. See Agent. ] 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. [1913 Webster] In fighting fields [patriots] were prodigal of blood. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Syn: Profuse; lavish; extravagant; squandering; wasteful. See Profuse. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prodigal \Prod"i*gal\, n. One who expends money extravagantly, viciously, or without necessity; one that is profuse or lavish in any expenditure; a waster; a spendthrift. "Noble prodigals of life." --Trench. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

prodigal adj 1: recklessly wasteful; "prodigal in their expenditures" [syn: extravagant, prodigal, profligate, spendthrift] n 1: a recklessly extravagant consumer [syn: prodigal, profligate, squanderer]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

208 Moby Thesaurus words for "prodigal": Adamic, abounding, abundant, affluent, aggrandized, alive with, all-sufficing, ample, amplified, aplenty, backsliding, ballyhooed, bibulous, big-time spender, bottomless, bounteous, bountiful, bristling, bursting, carnal, copious, crapulent, crapulous, crawling, crowded, crowding, diffuse, diffusive, disproportionate, dissipative, easy come, easy go, effuse, effusive, epidemic, erring, exaggerated, excessive, exhaustless, exorbitant, extravagant, extreme, exuberant, fallen, fat, fecund, fertile, fleshly, flush, formless, frail, full, galore, generous, gluttonous, grandiloquent, gushing, gushy, high-flown, hyperbolic, immoderate, improvident, impure, in plenty, in profusion, in quantity, incontinent, indulgent, inexhaustible, infirm, inflated, inordinate, intemperate, jam-packed, jammed, lapsed, lavish, liberal, lush, luxuriant, magnified, many, maximal, much, numerous, of easy virtue, opulent, overabundant, overbounteous, overcopious, overdone, overdrawn, overemphasized, overemphatic, overestimated, overexuberant, overflowing, overgenerous, overgreat, overindulgent, overindulging, overlarge, overlavish, overliberal, overluxuriant, overmuch, overnumerous, overplenteous, overplentiful, overplenty, overpopulated, overpopulous, overpraised, overprolific, oversold, overstated, overstressed, overwrought, packed, peccable, penny-wise and pound-foolish, plenitudinous, plenteous, plentiful, plenty, pleonastic, plethoric, populous, postlapsarian, pound-foolish, prevailing, prevalent, prodigal son, productive, profligate, profuse, profusive, proliferating, prolific, puffed, pullulating, rampant, recidivist, recidivistic, reckless, redundant, reiterative, repetitive, replete, rich, rife, riotous, running over, self-indulgent, spend-all, spender, spendthrift, squanderer, squandering, stretched, studded, sumptuous, superabundant, superlative, swarming, swinish, tautologous, teeming, thick, thick as hail, thick with, thick-coming, thriving, thronged, thronging, too much, touted, unangelic, unbridled, unchaste, unclean, unconstrained, uncontrolled, undisciplined, unfrugal, ungodly, ungood, unlimited, unmeasured, unrestrained, unrighteous, unsaintly, unthrifty, unvirtuous, virtueless, wanton, wasteful, waster, wastethrift, wastrel, wayward, weak, wealthy, well-found, well-furnished, well-provided, well-stocked, wholesale
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

PRODIGAL, civil law, persons. Prodigals were persons who, though of full age, were incapable of managing their affairs, and of the obligations which attended them, in consequence of their bad conduct, and for whom a curator was therefore appointed. 2. In Pennsylvania, by act of assembly, an habitual drunkard is deprived of the management of his affairs, when he wastes his property, and his estate is placed in the bands of a committee.