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Meaning of prodigal

prod•i•gal

Pronunciation: (prod'i-gul), [key]
— adj.
  1. wastefully or recklessly extravagant: prodigal expenditure.
  2. giving or yielding profusely; lavish (usually fol. by of or with): prodigal of smiles; prodigal with money.
  3. lavishly abundant; profuse: nature's prodigal resources.
—n.
  1. a person who spends, or has spent, his or her money or substance with wasteful extravagance; spendthrift.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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