Prod·i·gal a. 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.
In fighting fields [patriots] were prodigal of blood. --Dryden.
Syn: -- Profuse; lavish; extravagant; squandering; wasteful. See Profuse.
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.”
adj 1: very generous; "distributed gifts with a lavish hand"; "the
critics were lavish in their praise"; "a munificent
gift"; "his father gave him a half-dollar and his
mother a quarter and he thought them munificent";
"prodigal praise"; "unsparing generosity"; "his
unstinted devotion"; "called for unstinting aid to
Britain" [syn: lavish, munificent, overgenerous,
too-generous, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting]
2: recklessly wasteful; "prodigal in their expenditures" [syn:
extravagant, profligate, spendthrift]
3: marked by rash extravagance; "led a prodigal life"
n : a recklessly extravagant consumer [syn: profligate, squanderer]